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Friday, March 5, 2021

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Students forced to relocate after pipe bursts, other outages


Several pipe bursts were reported at the Bayou Oaks apartments early Tuesday morning, leading to some students being relocated. | File photo

Several pipe bursts were reported at the Bayou Oaks townhouses early Tuesday morning, leading to some students being relocated. | File photo

Residential students across campus have been forced to relocate to other student housing facilities due to the damages and outages caused by the recent winter storm.

The Bayou Oaks townhouses felt the wrath of the Arctic blast with reports of pipe bursts early Tuesday morning.

Several pipe bursts affected residential areas at Bayou Oaks, and UH told The Cougar that “cleanup efforts are underway.” 

“Affected students are being offered temporary relocation to other residence halls on campus,” said media relations director Chris Stipes. “Students at Cougar Place and Cougar Village II are also being offered temporary relocation following power outages.”

Residents from Cougar Place first saw power outages on Monday morning. They took to social media to express their frustration. 

“It’s disappointing and dangerous that the university hasn’t opened the student center or library for us to stay warm and try to get our assignments done,” said Reddit user u/EarthIsFlatGIsFake. 

Along with being relocated, students now have limited dining options and hours, with Cougar Woods being closed and dining operations relocated to Student Center South.

Additionally, students are calling on both the school, and the city to offer shelter and food to residents who lack it.

“Instead of preparing for a game, these universities need to be offering warming shelters, food and water for their fellow residents that are without,” said @onlykelz on Twitter. 

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