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Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2001 12:00 am

Staff Writer

Murray State University is still feeling the effects of the heavy rains that blanketed Murray last week.

According to Dewey Yeatts, associate vice president of the university's department for facilities management, water from last Tuesday's torrential rains managed to make its way into nearly every building on the MSU campus.

Among the buildings hardest hit, he said, were the Industry and Technology Center, Waterfield Library, the Carr Health Building and the Special Education Building.

While the roundup of damages has been completed, Yeatts said the university has not totaled up the cost yet.

"We have not really put a dollar amount on it," Yeatts said this week. "I don't even know the numbers yet. We've been working with our insurance contractor to qualify what it could be."

The results of the insurance adjuster's efforts will be especially important to those who make use of the main basketball floor at Racer Arena, which Yeatts said was also put underwater by the recent storm.

Yeatts said the adjuster's decision will determine whether or not the university will be able to simply repair the existing floor or have to look into other alternatives.

Water damage, however, was the not the only type of dilemma MSU had to face during the storm. Yeatts said lightning struck the university's substation on the Highway 121 Bypass. The substation is still off-line and the power it normally handles is being shifted to another of MSU's substations.

In the meantime, Yeatts said MSU crews have been working several hours of overtime in preparation for the beginning of classes this month. He said the damaged areas will not affect the start-date for fall 2001 classes.

"We've replaced a tremendous amount of carpet," he said. "All the things that we could do, we've already done."

Yeatts does not have a time frame as to when MSU will know how much insurance will cover for the damages. Even if it is a substantial amount, he said the university will likely never make up the funds it has expended in overtime pay for its employees.

"There was certainly some cost to us," Yeatts said. "Unless some brings a check down here for a whole lot of money, we'll never be compensated for all those overtime hours."

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