Pittsburg State University receives damage from severe weather

The Pittsburg State University campus sees some damage from Monday’s severe weather.

Officials say while the campus as a whole was relatively unscathed, the roof of Grubbs Hall did sustain damage. The building is also taking on stormwater as rains continue.

No injuries were reported.

Grubbs is the home base of the Department of English & Modern Languages, the Department of Communications, and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

By early Tuesday morning, custodial crew members and faculty in those departments were working to remove supplies, furniture, and electronics from faculty offices and classrooms, and to mop floors, in order to minimize impact.

Trashcans have been placed throughout the building to collect drips, particularly on the fourth floor.

Administrators are assessing damage and department chairs are attempting to reach faculty, who are on summer break, to give them an opportunity to make decisions as to where their belongings are moved and to oversee the process, if desired.

Physical Plant Director Tim Senecaut also reported minor damage at the Garfield Weede Building, Carnie Smith Stadium, and Kansas Technology Center, including vent covers that were blown off but are easily replaced or temporarily patched, he said.

He also reported a few trees being uprooted on the east side of campus. At the University Lake, one such tree uprooted a portion of the sidewalk leading to the bridge, making the bridge inaccessible.
KRPS 89.9 FM Director Tim Metcalf reported a satellite dish was blown off of the roof of Shirk Hall.