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Louisville storm spares Southern Seminary campus

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–A deadly storm that dropped record amounts of rainfall on the Louisville, Ky., area over the March 1-2 weekend caused minor damage across the campus of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Michael Besspiata, director of facilities management at Southern, put a preliminary estimate of the damage at $7,000 to $10,000. Flooding occurred in classrooms in Norton Hall and basements in the Carver, Cooke and Mullins buildings as well as in five buildings in the school’s residential area known as Village Manor. Several computers and water heaters in the basements were destroyed.

The balcony of Alumni Chapel suffered the most extensive damage as water leaked through the roof around the steeple. Standing water in the balcony and in the lobby caused workers to spend most of Sunday night cleaning up for the beginning of the Southern Baptist Christian Life Commission annual seminar Monday morning. The damage was not expected to delay the start of the CLC’s 50th anniversary event.

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