By Monica Hill, staff writer
The cafeteria is back to normal this week after a ruptured water line flooded Mabee Dining Hall on Nov. 4.
The line, connected to the soda machine, broke and flooded half of the main cafeteria and the entire western dining area with one to two inches of water, said Lou Murdick, director of food services at Newman University.
Reddy Restoration was called in to address the issue. Members of Campus Security, maintenance, groundskeeping and housekeeping also helped vacuum up the water. Pepsi was called in to repair the line and check for any other potential problems.
Murdick said this is the first time he has seen something like this in his 15 years at Newman.
It took several hours to vacuum up all the water, he said. Reddy Restoration set up fans and dehumidifiers in the cafeteria to prevent the possibility of mold. The drying process lasted a whole week.
“It caused no apparent damage,” Murdick said. “Just a lot of inconvenience.”
The cafeteria was not forced to close but it did have to limit its seating area.
“The cafeteria was very crowded,” freshman Emilie Leivian said. “There wasn’t much space to move.”
The cramped space didn’t seem to deter students from going to the cafeteria, though.
“Lunch was definitely the most crowded,” freshman Emma Mattingly said. “There was enough seating; it was just very close together.”
Leivian and Mattingly both said they are glad to have the full cafeteria reopened this week.