UD ‘Spared’ From Tornado; How To Help Victims

Sean Newhouse 
Online Editor

Update: Friday at 7 p.m. – The boil advisory has been lifted for the city of Dayton, and thus the University of Dayton. 

Update: Thursday at 7 p.m. – VWK Residence Hall, Stuart Hall, Shroyer Park and Irving Commons are the only areas of campus still under a precautionary boil advisory. An email sent at 11 a.m. said the advisory had been lifted. According to that email, full water pressure has been restored to campus. 

A tornado struck Dayton on Monday night, which was one of multiple twisters that touched down in Ohio and Indiana on Memorial Day. One death and 130 injuries have been reported from the severe weather. The university incurred no damage from the storm.

President Eric Spina wrote to students on Tuesday that “Some UD students, faculty and staff are among those who have experienced losses [from the tornado].”

Beginning Thursday night, faculty, staff and students whose homes have been damaged by the severe weather can stay in university apartments. To make a reservation, call 937-229-3317 or email conferences@udayton.edu.

UD also is accepting donations between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday in C Lot for local relief agencies. There is a need for formula, diapers, sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer. Donated food and water will not be accepted because the university is donating boxed lunches and water to the affected areas.

Other organizations providing aid include the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Foodbank of Dayton and the YMCA of Greater Dayton.

Due to a loss of water at pump stations and water plants because of the storm, the city has issued a boil advisory and has asked residents to conserve water. Here’s information on how to treat water under a boil advisory.

Free bottled water is available for students at Stu’s Landing in Stuart Hall, Au Bon Pain, Brown Street Bistro and Riverview Café. Water jugs are available in Kennedy Union ballroom and at Daniel J. Curran Place.

Some areas of campus have experienced low water pressure. Multiple portable toilets have been set up throughout UD, as a result. According to a message sent today at 5 p.m., normal water service is expected to be restored to campus by Thursday morning.

Pictures of the aftermath can be viewed here.

Cover photo provided by Wikipedia. The photo is not from the Memorial Day tornadoes. 

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