Mance flooded

The hot water tank in Jeanne Mance blew a gauge early Saturday morning, flooding the basement with over 5,000 gallons of water, cutting electricity and setting off the firealarm, forcing an evacuation.After the Burlington water department shut off the water supply to Jeanne Mance, UVM physical plant got a call at 8:18 a.m. Saturday morning and was pumping the eight feet of water from the basement by 9:45 a.m. UVM physical plant said.”The problem is the power. All electrical components got wet and we can’t turn them on until they are dried out,” said a physical plant employee.Without electricity, fire alarms will not work in Jeanne Mance.”Nothing’s cheap,” physical plant grounds manager Rosemarie Leland said. “At minimum, we must replace the gauges andthe plumbing.”The electrical utilities will most likely not have to be replaced because the water damage was not too severe, utilities supervisor Rick Weld said.Jeanne Mance electricity will be restoredafter the wires dry out, Weld said.Around 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning, the fire alarm went off in Jeanne Mance, forcing the residents to leave their rooms. “It smelled like terrible sewage, especially on the first and second floors,” Jeanne Mance resident Dakota Rubin said.10 rooms were reserved for students at the Sheraton Hotel, a Sheraton receptionist said Saturday. But all reservations were canceled when the decision was made to keep residents in Jeanne Mance despite a lack of hot water.”Based on estimates, electricity will be restored tonight,” director of university communications Enrique Corredera said on Saturday.Jeanne Mance residents will be shuttled to the Gutterson Gym to shower in the locker rooms until hot water is available, said assistant vice president for student and campus life Annie Stevens.