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Port in a Storm: Hamel Rec Center Offered Shelter To Those Without Power

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
December 17, 2008

The ice storm that pelted the region left its mark on the university as is evident by the above photo taken behind Sawyer Hall on Monday.

Power was restored and UNH was back in operation Saturday morning. While students in dorms had heat and electricity, the concern for students living off campus led officials to set up an emergency shelter at the Hamel Recreation Center.

Workers brought in 350 cots for any students on or off campus who needed a place to sleep and get warm. Dining Services provided munchies and drinks. As of Sunday evening only four students needed to stay at the center.

Hospitality was also extended to local community members; more than 100 accepted the offer for a hot shower. And because so many people couldn’t cook during the power outage, Holloway Commons and Philbrook Dining Hall offered meals at reduced rates to Durham residents until their power was restored.


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