The series of storms battering the region lately have taken a toll on the campus's trees, soaking the ground and then blowing over several large specimens. The campus was well prepared for the onslaught of rain, but the sustained deluge combined with strong winds led to a situation campus crews were unable to prevent.
“The soil’s just so wet — there’s not much we can do when the wind blows like this,” said Cary Avery, who leads Grounds and Landscape Services.
Read about a tree that fell onto Haring Hall (at top) and another that fell near Shields Library, and read about five other trees that fell previously, including one near the Student Community Center (above) and in Parking Lot 35 (below).
Elsewhere on campus, life continued on as the rain battered students, faculty and staff.
And the weather wasn’t able to keep donors away from a winter blood drive that came in the midst of a shortage of blood donations.