Flooding in Nashville Disrupts Colleges

Tennessee schools postpone exams, report damage as floods rage.


Horrendous flooding in Middle Tennessee forced President Obama to name four counties as disaster areas and put an entire region on its heels. The floodwaters also significantly interrupted the waning days of the spring semester at a handful of colleges in the greater Nashville area. 

Most colleges in the area are returning to some sense of normalcy on Wednesday after Monday and Tuesday saw classes and exams canceled or postponed and campus facilities damaged. Here's a rundown of some of the major colleges in the area that have been affected by the flooding: 

In Nashville, Aquinas College canceled day classes on Tuesday and planned to reconvene Tuesday night and Wednesday. Belmont University experienced water-pressure problems on campus. Fisk University suffered power loss, some water damage, and temporarily lost computer and phone services. Lipscomb University hosted a Red Cross shelter, which is packed to the brim with people. According to the Vanderbilt Hustler at Vanderbilt University, many of Vandy's students got out of town before the flooding, but you can still check out the damage that the Hustler has chronicled

Two Nashville schools reported significant problems because of the flooding. Free Will Baptist Bible College sent home undergraduates without any further responsibilities on campus. Trevecca Nazarene University reported major damage on its lower campus, plus power outages. 

Southeast of Nashville, Middle Tennessee State University rescheduled Monday's final exams for Friday. And at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., exams resumed on Wednesday. 

In other words, the flooding has been quite disruptive to Nashville area colleges and their exam schedules and end-of-the-year activities. But it sounds like graduations will go on as planned at schools in the area. You can follow more in-depth coverage of the flooding on the Tennessean's website

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