Several thousand Ohio State University students had a rough and frustrating night after being forced from their dormitories late on Sunday.
Around 2,000 students were forced from two different dorms after a water main break.
An OSU spokesman said that the water line failure occurred under College Avenue, between Drinko Hall and Smith Hall, but it was Park-Stradley Hall that saw the most damage.
The line failure did not impact any rooms or public spaces as damage was confined to underground utility and mechanical rooms, according to the school, according to school officials.
Ten to 12 inches of water accumulated in the basement of Park-Stradley that holds 1,100 students. By Monday, the workers goal was to get students back in their dorms as quickly as possible. That may take several days.
Students at Park-Stradley were being allowed to pick up items on Monday, but would not be able to stay at the dorm. Students at Park-Stradley were allowed to gather their belongings until 7 p.m. Monday evening.
Students at Baker Hall were allowed to return with pillows and luggage in hand. The Ohio Union was also reopened on Monday.
"It was pretty inconvenient, but we found a place to stay off campus," said student Adam Kleptzig.
A large number of the students were housed at The Ohio State University's Recreation and Physical Activity Center, located along West 17th Avenue.
The Park-Stradley Hall students have been told that it may be a day or two before they can move back.
Students needing assistance with overnight accommodations have been instructed to contact Student Life's University Housing at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 614-292-5171.
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