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Tuesday’s storm damages Clarkson buildings, disrupt SUNY classes

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POTSDAM — Power was restored to all areas of the village’s two universities today, but some Clarkson University buildings were damaged in Tuesday’s storm.

Michael Griffin, Clarkson spokesperson, said the university’s Hill Campus was relatively unscathed by the inclement weather, however buildings downtown were impacted.

“Our custodial crew and grounds crew and maintenance staff have worked very hard,” he said. “They worked late into the evening evaluating and blocking off hazardous areas.”

Congdon Hall, an out-of-use dormitory building, lost half its roof, said Mr. Griffin.

“We also had minor flooding in Clarkson Hall and the freshman residence halls,” he said.

Mr. Griffin said both Army and Air Force ROTC buildings were damaged.

“Our Army ROTC building, Trinity House on Elm Street, part of the roof came off,” he said. “There was also damage to Anton House, which houses Air Force ROTC.”

Mr. Griffin said that the Air Force ROTC program would have to be relocated during repairs.

Students attending summer classes and camps at Clarkson were evacuated to the Cheel Campus Center during Tuesday’s thunderstorm.

“All of our students and summer campers are safe and sound,” he said. “Obviously they didn’t venture out yesterday”

SUNY Potsdam resumed summer session classes today, No one was injured on campus.

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