Mary Baldwin Weathers Hurricane

September 22, 2003

Hurricane Isabel’s high winds and heavy rain knocked out power to much of Staunton Thursday night, but Mary Baldwin was prepared and, luckily, suffered little beyond a downed tree or two, a broken window in the Deming fine arts center, water in a lab — and the inconvenience of a cold breakfast Friday. The college had handed out flashlights to students and issued safety advice and frequent updates about the storm. Power, which went out Thursday at 6:30 p.m., was restored Friday by 9:30 a.m.

“We are very fortunate that we had very minimal damage from the storm. The RAs, security, and the entire physical plant staff are to be greatly congratulated for a long night of dedication,” said President Pamela Fox.

Added Sharon Campbell, director of auxiliary services, including physical plant: “There was a lot of preparation going in, great work during the storm, and fantastic teamwork afterward.” Marty Weeks, director of building services, and four custodians were on hand Thursday night to take care of any problems.