UPDATE: ECU Says Hurricane Damage Could Reach $1.7 Million

East Carolina University has now revised the estimated cost of repairs from Hurricane Irene to $1.7 million.

The estimate rose from an earlier $1 million figure as workers completed a more detailed assessment of campus, including health sciences and athletics facilities.

Hurricane Irene left downed trees, broken residence hall windows, battered roofs and damp quarters in many buildings at ECU.

Rick Niswander, vice chancellor of finance and administrative, said he expects funds from the FEMA to help pay for repairs.

Some state money from the campus' renovations and repairs fund will also be used according to Niswander.

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East Carolina University officials estimate that damage to the campus caused by Hurricane Irene could reach $1 million.

Rick Niswander, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, said the figure is an early estimate and could change.

Tuesday Niswander showed North Carolina Democrat U.S. Senator Kay Hagan the damage first hand.

In the Spillman administration building, administrators showed Hagan ceiling and water damage from the hurricane. They also pointed out several large trees down around campus and the Greene residence hall, which had roof damage, causing a break in a storm drain pipe. ECU says most of the displaced students from the break have moved back in.

After two days off because of the hurricane, classes will resume Wednesday.


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  • by Dawg on Sep 2, 2011 at 05:16 AM
    ECU has 7.2 million they are going to spend building a man made lake. They should use that money, instead of FEMA (more taxpayer money).
  • by Kane on Sep 2, 2011 at 04:23 AM
    How much should the bill be?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 at 12:22 AM
    Somewhere there are some contractors privately going "cha-CHING!", not realizing (or caring?) they are hurting the community by padding their bills.
  • by John Location: Simpson on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:56 PM
    The bill is high because they let the ECU staff do the estimates...and we all know they can't do math.
  • by Gregory on Aug 31, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    If they could (would) stop the abuse of the sick leave poicy, the 2 hr lunches, the multiuple smoke breaks, the sleeping in the office with the door closed, the working 1/2 day and expecting a full days pay, etc... (and these are supposed to be the supervisors) ECU would have enough emergency funds to cover the damages.
  • by DS1 on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    Look out Pirate Club members, you are about to flip this bill.
  • by Kane on Aug 31, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    Ignorance is bliss and you people must be in a state of euphoria.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 at 06:39 AM
    a million dollars come on people
  • by bear on Aug 31, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    A million bucks seems extreme...can we get better clarification on that?
  • by I Fought the Law on Aug 31, 2011 at 03:43 AM
    A ceiling/roof damaged, a few trees down, and a broken storm drain add up to $1 MILLION DOLLARS???? It's not hard to see why this country is in the financial shape it is with the all the legalized crooks running around.....UNBELIEVABLE.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM in reply to I Fought the Law
      Excalty how do you know what was damaged; do you have all the facts?
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      by ECU Mom on Aug 31, 2011 at 01:39 PM in reply to I Fought the Law
      Having toured the campus Sat. afternoon during the last part of the storm, it wouldn't surprise me if it was more. I saw one roof ripped off and laying on the ground, windows busted and many more than just a few down. That is just some of the damage. This storm kicked G'ville's butt folks. Don't make comments if you haven't seen it with your own eyes.
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