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Morehouse College evacuates 130-year-old dorm due to flooding

Many students have since been cleared to return though about 15 rooms were severely impacted.

ATLANTA — Some students are still in flux after flooding caused by a leak severely damaged their rooms in Morehouse College's oldest residence hall.

Morehouse College confirmed on Wednesday that its 130-year-old Graves House was evacuated Tuesday night after an issue with the sprinkler system caused several units to flood.

School officials said 110 students were displaced by the initial evacuation and 15 rooms were severely impacted by the water, which also spread to other rooms and common areas.

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College officials said students were placed in unoccupied rooms in other residence halls temporarily. The Kilgore Campus Center was also opened to displaced students.

With no injuries report, the school is already working to get most of the students back into their campus homes with about 80 already cleared to return to their rooms as of Wednesday.

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In the meantime, Morehouse College Police are working to coordinate response to the incident and the American Red Cross has been notified to help deal with property losses such as books, electronics, clothing and shoes.

Anyone wanting to make donations to the students impacted by the building flood can contact the Morehouse College Department of Housing and Residential Education at 404-215-2634 or 470-639-0519.

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