ECU Classes Resume Wednesday; Repairs $1 Million

After two days of being closed because of the hurricane, East Carolina University will resume classes on Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Mary Schulken said fallen trees and limbs have been removed, parking lots have been cleared and minor repairs performed on campus buildings. The university says it estimates cost of repairs to the campus will be about $1,000,000.

ECU Physicians will operate on a normal schedule as well.

Most of the nearly two dozen students displaced from Greene residence hall by a break in a storm drain pipe have returned to their rooms. Five students have been relocated to other residence halls until repairs are complete.


East Carolina University has canceled all classes for Monday due to Hurricane Irene.

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East Carolina University is currently assessing damage from Hurricane Irene. Facilities crews are currently out on the campus.

The storm hit as a category one hurricane Saturday, bringing strong winds and rain to Greenville and the rest of Eastern Carolina.

A decision on classes and other campus operations for Monday will be made later today.

Some residence halls had roof damage and water damage. They had to relocate some students who had damage in their dorms. There is damage and water in some other buildings on campus as well.

Several trees were reported down around campus, including a huge tree on Fifth Street that runs along campus.

No injuries were reported at ECU, according to spokesman John Durham. He does not expect the university will have information about the cost of the damage done for some time.

ECU closed several parking lots in advance of the storm with the hopes of opening them on Monday morning.

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  • by Job evaluation time on Aug 30, 2011 at 05:16 PM
    If you are unhappy working at ECU, quit now so that someone who wants a job can take your place.
  • by gvillejoe on Aug 29, 2011 at 08:54 PM
    This is moral killer...classes canceled which means students and faculty don’t have to show up. Underpaid need to report! I understand why classes are canceled...lose tree limbs, building damage, etc. Canceling classes and not closing just tells the staff that your world is not that important to ECU. If you need the day off due to your family or home, take a vacation day.
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      by ECU Employee on Aug 30, 2011 at 04:58 AM in reply to gvillejoe
      Sad, but so true.
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      by Yep on Aug 30, 2011 at 05:27 AM in reply to gvillejoe
      Absolutely. Many of us still don't have power but the heck with our personal needs.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2011 at 06:18 AM in reply to gvillejoe
      Morale, not moral. Regardless, I agree with you.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 at 03:01 AM
    We're going to have to make the day up eventually.....
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      by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 at 03:55 AM in reply to
      You're not in grade school anymore. Hit the books.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 at 02:31 PM in reply to
        haha yeah we don't "make up" days....
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        by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2011 at 03:00 AM in reply to
        Yes I am fully aware of that being that I am 33 years old. I am not a child. However, I did just transfer here and at my last university we did make up days. Thank you, now move on.
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          by Bloke on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM in reply to
          33 and just transferred? What's the matter. They wouldn't just give you your degree?
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      by ECU Student on Aug 29, 2011 at 02:32 PM in reply to
      Yeah we don't "make up" days...
  • by Anonymous on Aug 28, 2011 at 04:49 PM
    No classes? UNREAL!!!
  • by C Location: ECU on Aug 28, 2011 at 10:33 AM
    Take a Chill Pill...its all good rocked!
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      by Sam on Aug 30, 2011 at 06:57 AM in reply to C
      Been pounding a lot of cold beers throughout the weekend did'nt you?
  • by Steph on Aug 28, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    Parents should sign up for the alert text messages coming from the school.
  • by Chill out on Aug 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM
    As an ECU student my mom would freak out anytime something happened in Greenville. Was busy having a blast. All is well.
  • by ecu Location: greenville on Aug 28, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    Don't fuss at the University for not updating, fuss at the child... call your child and ask for an update.
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      by Finally on Aug 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM in reply to ecu
      I wish WITN had a "Like" button. :)
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      by ... on Aug 28, 2011 at 02:58 PM in reply to ecu
      Just saying a lot of people cant get in contact with others right now....
  • by HavenS Location: ECU, Greenville NC on Aug 28, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    FINALLY, some REAL news about the campus of ECU in Greenville NC. Parents with kids in college there WANT to know & see what's going on down there. It eases our minds to know that our kids are being well taken care of. Thanks!
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      by Dark Horse on Aug 29, 2011 at 07:01 AM in reply to HavenS
      Things are still coming back online slowly. The Uni. can only give out info on what they know. And they have to use the media to do it. Was on campus yesterday--looks like a mess. Will take time to clean and repair. Food service ongoing. Most dorms in tact--a few did have damage.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 at 07:19 AM in reply to HavenS
      have you tried picking up the phone and calling your child that is at ECU? They should be able to let you know something. They have been receiving emails regularly from the school on the situation. Instead of blaming the school, have your child take a little responsibility.
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        by ML on Aug 29, 2011 at 09:18 AM in reply to
        I agree. These are college students not kindergarten kids. I have a daughter in school at ECU and she was responsible enough to let me know she was ok.

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