Storm Hits UWG Hard

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

More than 60,000 residents and businesses lost power after an early morning storm ripped through Carroll County. The university was one of the few locations that stayed lit thanks to its own power source. Classes went on as usual and the kiosks and cafeterias on campus were the only places on Maple Street to eat a hot breakfast.

The Wolves Baseball team, a UWG Landscape and Grounds crew of 12 and other staff all pitched in to remove 15 trees that were blown onto the baseball diamond at Cole Field. The fence surrounding the field will need to be replaced in time for the doubleheader scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Gunn Hall, a residence hall for Advanced Academy high school students, was also damaged after a tree fell on the building and crushed the heating unit. Contractors were called in to remove the tree by crane and Ricky Watts, special projects and events foreman, and a UWG crew, replaced the unit and restored heat to the building by 5 p.m., just in time for snow flurries and a 25-degree night.

Dozens of trees were lost to the storm but one oak tree on Front Campus Drive will be sorely missed. A two-year drought and other stressors had weakened the almost 100-year-old tree and the storm easily toppled it.

For a survey of complete UWG storm damage, view this report