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Central Michigan University recovers from June flooding

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Flooding in central Michigan that caused over $100 million in property damages earlier this summer has affected about one-third of Central Michigan University's nearly 130 facilities.

The university is preparing to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester after weeks of recovery work that's estimated to cost millions of dollars.

Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Jonathan Webb says the university is on schedule to have more than 40 facilities finished by mid-August.

Webb says the remainder of the repairs won't have any impact on the university's operations and mostly consist of ongoing roof repairs, parking lot maintenance and storm sewer improvements. Most are due to finish by the end of the month.

A university statement says it'll cost up to $10 million to recover from the flooding.

The Student Activity Center received newly designed flooring after the previous flooring sustained damage.

"So we had over 40,000 square feet of wood floor that needs to get replaced in here. Knowing that once the students' success with the classes, make sure that we got these two courts and this small sports form ready to go," said Andy Reihl, project manager of architectural design.

Other areas of the school that received special attention were the tennis courts and baseball diamond at Theunissen Stadium, which experience some of the heaviest flooding this year.

"Pulled off all of the casework here in the locker room, opened it up, redid the bottom foot lockers, rehung everything. It really came back together well with everyone's input," said Andy Virkler, project manager of general construction.

The students had the chance to see the newly renovated buildings for themselves.

"This campus is absolutely beautiful and they've done an amazing job of recovering real quick. And if you were to walk through here, you wouldn't even notice there was a flood at all," said Carla Smith, student.

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