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ECU cancels classes for second day in a row

Posted August 29, 2011 1:20 p.m. EDT

— East Carolina University will not hold classes Tuesday – the second day in a row – because of toppled trees, downed power lines and damages to dormitories and administrative buildings caused by wind and rain from Hurricane Irene.

ECU faculty and staff should report to work, if able, or contact their supervisor according to the university’s adverse weather policy. The school plans to return to a normal schedule Wednesday.

Some dormitories were damaged, forcing students to relocate. A number of administrative buildings were also affected by the storm, which passed about 70 miles east of Greenville on Saturday, spokeswoman Mary Schulken said.

A number of students have been moved from the upper floors in Greene residence hall to make sure officials can clean up damage caused by a leak which sprung when a storm drain pipe broke at the joint during Irene. Two hallway windows in two residence halls were broken by limbs from a fallen tree and are being repaired, Schulken said.

Two dozen students were moved out during the storm, and more may have to move as crews take a short time to clean up the damage, she said.

Spilman, one of the six original buildings at East Carolina and the location of the chancellor's office, lost the metal sheeting from its roof, Schulken said.