Students had to retrieve 72 hours worth of clothing and essentials to bring to their new living assignments.
Students were able to get essentials and then had to wait for their housing assignments.
By: Olivia Weaver
About 250 USC students were forced from the South Quad residence hall Monday night after a water pipe broke and flooded the building. The water started at the third floor and made its way down to the second and first floors on the south side.
A University of South Carolina spokesman says, the flood forced authorities to shut off power in the building. Officials were concerned that the water was going to be electrified.
"The water was well above our ankles. It was basically like the Amazon river," student Bryan Solomon said.
Housing staff assessed the damages after a walk-through and students were allowed back in around midnight to get 72 hours worth of clothing and essentials. Clothing that was damaged by water saturation was sent out to dry cleaning companies and will be available on Friday.
Students like Solomon were concerned about their belongings with the flood. "When I realized the place was flooding, I knew I had to go back in and get any shoe I could get," he said.
With extensive damages on the south side, students were relocated to different buildings on campus.
Students were given their temporary housing assignments with bed accommodations and were put wherever there was an extra bed to spare in Bate's residence hall and the Women's Quad.
The north side of the building was unaffected and students were allowed to return back to their rooms.
The university is encouraging students to complete an insurance claim form for items that need to be replaced or repaired.
Students should expect to be in their new rooms until after spring break so the damages can be repaired. There will be a meeting on Wednesday, March 4 to give students an update on the situation.