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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