Students at Florida International University returned to their classes this week along with public school students in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, but some didn’t make it to their dormitory.
FIU closed its Bayview dorm at the university’s Biscayne Bay Campus for repairs after Hurricane Irma’s gusts blew water in through some of its windows, according to NBC Miami.
On Monday, more than 380 students were displaced from the nine-story building at 3000 Northeast 151st Street in North Miami. Students were given the option to either stay at a shelter on campus or bunker down with family or friends.
The building meets or exceeds all the current building codes, FIU representatives said. Work crews have reportedly been on site removing baseboards and using wetvacs and fans to try to prevent mold from growing.
Bayview sits adjacent to the bay, making it more susceptible to storm damage. It features 410 rooms with refrigerators, stoves and internet and cable access, according to its website.
The university said it will not be letting students back inside Bayview until moisture meters confirm the building is all dry, according to NBC Miami. It’s aiming to open the building by the end of the week. [NBC Miami] – Amanda Rabines