Flooding, Snow, and Power Outages Close Colleges in Storm’s Wake

Colleges up and down the East Coast will remain closed on Wednesday, some without power, as they clean up the mess left by Hurricane Sandy, which unleashed high winds, heavy rain, and more than a foot of snow on various parts of the region.

Some campuses will reopen, while others report that it could be days before power is restored and flood waters are mopped up.

Campuses in parts of the New York metropolitan area—Lower Manhattan and Long Island, in particular—were among the hardest hit. Many may stay closed for some time, with disruptions in the region’s transportation system further delaying their reopening.

Among the more than 100 deaths tied to Hurricane Sandy, the storm claimed the life of a 23-year-old student who was pursuing a graduate degree in theater design from the City University of New York’s Brooklyn College. The student, Jacob Vogelman, and a friend were walking a dog in a neighborhood near the campus on Monday night when a tree, uprooted by high winds, fell on them, according to campus and news reports.

Meanwhile, in Lower Manhattan, New York University’s Langone Medical Center had to evacuate nearly 300 patients on Monday night after the storm knocked out power and a backup generator failed. The patients, including newborn babies on respirators, were carried down darkened stairwells and then transported by ambulance to other hospitals in the city.

NYU’s main campus suffered power outages but no major damage. <Read more.>

Via Katherine Mangan, Chronicle of Higher Ed.