Hanover handles wind damage
A Division III member institution is recovering from damage suffered last weekend as the remnants of Hurricane Ike raced across Indiana, but Hanover’s week-long closure as a result of the storm forced the cancellation of all athletics events this week – including the football team’s scheduled road trip tomorrow to play Butler in Indianapolis.
Faculty and staff helped clear the campus of debris and tree limbs while crews worked to restore power and water, and the college reopened its administrative offices Thursday, but students won’t return to classes until Monday.
Resident students were asked to leave the campus, forcing approximately 200 of them to find temporary accommodations. They will be permitted to return to campus residences Sunday night.
"I think it is a tremendous testimonial to the community spirit of Hanover College that all of our students found a place to stay after only a few hours," said President Sue DeWine. "Most students took home a friend or friends, and their families should be acknowledged for tremendous generosity during this time."
A spokesman told a local newspaper that the college was fortunate that only one outdoor athletics event was scheduled on Sunday, the day the storm hit.
Play began that day in the final round of the Hanover women’s golf invitational tournament but was halted as winds increased on the course.
“We had one of our players drive the green to within three feet of the cup on one of the par fours, but the wind was blowing so hard that she then couldn't make the putt,” Hanover news services director Carter Cloyd told The Madison Courier. “They just couldn't stand over the ball steady enough to make the shot and the wind was blowing the ball.”
Wind gusts exceeding 60 miles per hour were recorded in the area.
Hanover will host the Division III Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships November 22
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