Campus News

UGA Griffin campus damaged by storm

Strong storms and a tornado that struck Griffin-Spalding County caused damage to buildings, vehicles and other areas on the UGA-Griffin Campus on Thursday, Jan. 12. No injuries were reported. (Office of Emergency Preparedness photos)

No injuries reported, full damage continues to be assessed

The University of Georgia Griffin campus sustained significant damage following strong storms and a tornado that struck Griffin-Spalding County Thursday, Jan. 12.

There were no reports of injuries. Trees and power lines were downed, and several campus buildings were damaged by wind, falling trees or flying debris.

The campus remains closed Jan. 17, but faculty and staff who can work remotely are asked to do so. Officials hope to make a decision about whether classes can resume Jan. 18 later today.

“University of Georgia personnel are working closely with our partners across the area to evaluate and repair damage caused by the storms,” said Adam Fouche, director of UGA’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Insurance Claims Management. “We appreciate the outpouring of support we’ve received from people all over the state, and we hope to get the Griffin campus back up and running very soon.”

Greenhouses used for research and instruction were destroyed, but the damage to other main campus buildings appears relatively minor. Efforts are underway to preserve research samples from greenhouses and other buildings impacted by the storm.

An independent tree service is working to remove downed trees and open roadways in and out of campus. Construction crews will also assess building damage and examine the integrity of rooftops, many of which lost shingles to high winds.

A team of workers from UGA’s main Facilities Management Division has been dispatched to Griffin to assist with the cleanup efforts.

Additionally, UGA Student Affairs is supporting students in Griffin so that their studies can continue uninterrupted.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the First Methodist Church located at 1401 Maple St.