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September 24, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

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Students displaced by flooding

A flood from a broken sprinkler on the seventh floor of East Tower on Friday caused 12 students to be relocated for the rest of the year.

According to Tom Dunn, investigator for the Office of Public Safety, the fire alarm in the East Tower was activated at 4:27 p.m. Friday.

Dunn said the fire alarm was activated because of a broken sprinkler head. After investigators interviewed residents, one student came forward as being responsible and was judicially referred, Dunn said.

Junior Brandon Bernard, resident assistant on the seventh floor, said his desk lamp was ruined, but others lost more valuable property.

Freshman Jeff Lee lost his computer and said the dark-colored water was ankle-deep in some areas.

“There were sneakers floating in [some] room[s],” he said.

The Office of Residential Life relocated students on campus. Lee said he was disappointed by the relocation process. He and his roommate were moved twice because they were initially put on the women’s side of Bogart Hall, Lee said.

Bonnie Solt Prunty, director of the offices of Residential Life and Judicial Affairs, said the college is not responsible for paying for the damage and said students should have their own insurance coverage.

“We recommend that students check their parents’ homeowner’s insurance to see if they cover it,” Prunty said.