Hurricane Irma Hits UGAMI
Hurricane Irma hit UGAMI pretty hard. About ¾ of our buildings had some storm surge flooding, including research & teaching labs; the BIRL dormitory; The Powerhouse (lecture hall/dining hall/kitchen); administrative offices; electrical, auto & carpentry shops; houses; and storage facilities. The main lab and nearby buildings suffered the worst damage, with over a foot of water inside. Electrical power to Sapelo Island was out for a week.
The good news is that none of our vehicles, vessels, or vital instruments were damaged. The UGAMI campus is a mess but the contractors are already well into the cleanup/restoration process, so we should be back operating at 100% capacity by Thanksgiving. We’re also trying to use this as an opportunity to improve some facilities and make them less prone to flood damage in the future. It’s a setback, but it’s temporary, and we’ll come out of it stronger in the end.