Students at Edmonds Community College’s Rainier Place residence hall were evacuated after a water pipe burst on the fourth floor at about 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday.
“We know that seven units have been affected by the water damage,” said Edmonds Community College spokeswoman Marisa Pierce.
Each of the units has four beds so up to 28 students may be affected. Pierce said that they are not sure if all the units were fully occupied.
After the pipe burst, the fire alarm sounded and the Lynnwood Fire Department responded. The entire building was evacuated while fire personnel dealt with the situation.
Students are staying at another building and are being given food. Students who are displaced will be put up at a hotel until the damage is fixed, Pierce said. This is finals week for the college.
The building, which had 181 beds, currently is being assessed and the hope is that students in units that are not damaged will be allowed back into the building as soon as possible.
“They’re assessing the other units for damage,” Pierce said. “That takes time.”
— By David Pan/Lynnwood Today Editor