Hurricane Ida Aftermath on Campus

By, Angelina Persaud & Lauren Raziano, Staff Writer & Social Media Editor

Severe flooding due to Hurricane Ida left many people in the tristate area picking up the pieces in the following days, and Manhattan College residents were no exception. During the days following the tragic storm, many students have been trying to handle the damage that has been done to their living spaces.

Several buildings on campus reported cases of leaks and water damage to multiple floors as the storm weathered forward, including residence hall Overlook Manor where students sustained damage to their bathrooms and bedrooms.

With damage caused the night of the hurricane as written in a previous article by The Quadrangle, Sean Curley, a junior mechanical engineering major and third floor resident, said there has been a new leak in the ceiling of his apartment. At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Curley stated that his roommate noticed water leaking down from the ceiling and they immediately reported the issue to the resident advisor.

“The ceiling caved in but I think it could’ve been because of a drainage pipe above us or a window that had water leaking down to the third floor,” Curley said.

Additionally, Curley stated that the flood damages weren’t just sustained to the third floor, but trickled down to the laundry room as well.

“The water leaked down and wet some of the washing machines and they must’ve started sparking enough to trigger the fire alarm for about an hour,” he said.

Curley also stated how other resident students on the third floor handled the initial damages despite the sudden disruption in the late evening.

“We slept in the living room on the couch that night. [Resident Life] said they would relocate us to either Lee or Horan Hall if it got worse,” Curley said.

Residence Life services quickly responded the day after the initial flooding to try and control the situation and maintain the safety of the students.

“They came right after the storm to help clean up and sweep the floors. They started putting containers around the room to collect the leaking water,” Curley said.

Bathtub of 2nd floor in Overlook Manor had stagnant brown water.

As of now, the holes caused by flood damage have been patched and Residence Life services is continuously monitoring the situation.

Samuel Bravate, a junior marketing major who lives on the second floor of Overlook Manor, also reported serious damages following the night of the storm.

“Our bathroom looked fine, normal dorm stuff, and then the hurricane hit and we started to notice, in both of our bathrooms, that there was a bubble forming in the ceiling.” Bravate said.

The situation got worse as he learned other floors were experiencing their ceiling bubbling before collapsing. He reached out to Public Safety and the maintenance team for help but they are currently understaffed.

“We called Physical Plant like four or five times, and it wasn’t even it wasn’t like super late, it was like two to three [p.m.], and nobody picked up our call,” Bravate said. “So we had to call Public Safety about it because it was an emergency because there was so much stuff leaking out of our ceiling. We knew it was gonna fall because it happened to the floors above us, it was inevitable.”

After a maintenance worker came to check in on their ceiling and reported that there was not much they could do to prevent the damage, the worker left and the inevitable occurred.

“Our entire bathroom ceiling collapsed into the shower,” Bravate said. It was really bad, because it wasn’t just the tile, it was like the water-damaged stuff above the tile, which wasn’t moldy but it smelled super, super terrible like musty old water that’s clearly been there for way too long.”

Hole in the ceiling of the bathroom on the 3rd floor of
Overlook Manor.

As for the current situation, Bravate and his roommates have seen some progress towards renovating the damages but the remnants of the storm are still lingering.

“Nobody told us anything about relocating so we were just stuck in the room. They finally tried to fix it yesterday [Sept. 9],” he said. “Well they kind of did, they just put the new panel in, so our showers are usable now, to an extent, but we had to completely clean the bathroom because this smell was still there and it wouldn’t go away.”

He also spoke about changes the campus could enlist to ensure that situations such as these are prevented in the future.

“When emergencies do happen, it really feels kind of bad to have to wait days for something to get fixed because we just don’t have 24/7 maintenance,” Bravate said.

Another hole in the ceiling formed on the 3rd floor.

Danielle Rivas, an adolescent education major who lives on the sixth floor of Overlook Manor, was unable to be interviewed due to an abrupt relocation this week. She provided a statement to The Quadrangle describing the events as they unfolded.

“My roommate and I arrived at our apartment around 10 p.m. after cheer practice ended to find our ceiling leaking yellow water onto my bed. It had already soaked through a portion of my mattress foam and had gotten onto my laptop which was on the bed. A couple minutes later, we received an email from our RA telling us there had been some flooding in the building and to let her know if we had experienced any flooding. We immediately contacted her and began moving my bed away from the leak,” Rivas wrote in an email exchange with The Quadrangle.

She also stated that the flooding wasn’t sustained to a single floor and inflicted multiple cases of water damage to other residents.
“As the night progressed, it became more evident how extensive the damage was. The basement was flooding, to the extent that when we took the elevator to the first floor, we could actually hear water rushing beneath us. There was also water cascading from the sixth floor all the way to the first floor of the building, with some apartments more impacted than others,” Rivas wrote.

Although Rivas and her roommates have been relocated, they are still facing challenges in their current residence.

“The room they’ve relocated us to contains 1 bedroom and 1 large common area with no wall to separate it from the living area.Thereisalsonodoorfor this bedroom. We expressed we were not comfortable with this living arrangement but were only provided with one other living placement, Horan Hall,” Rivas wrote.

The personal impact she’s faced throughout the whole situation has shifted her daily routine and well-being.

“While this whole ordeal has undoubtedly impacted all the students affected, I can only really speak for myself and the impact it’s had on me. Having to completely up-root myself without any assistance provided by the college has been extremely stressful. I’ve missed classes and have had to skip out on club meetings and other extracurriculars I really enjoy due to this issue which has been ongoing since September 2nd,” Rivas stated.

Physical Plant and the Resident Director have been in communication with Rivas and her roommates throughout the situation, but did not respond directly to The Quadrangle for a comment.

“Unfortunately, it feels that unless you really advocate for yourself within the college, nobody seems to be looking out for the students,” she wrote.