MacMurray College seeks donations to repair flood damage


JACKSONVILLE -- While a boil order has been lifted in this community, officials at MacMurray College are reaching out soliciting donations to make repairs sustained by the June 17-18 floods.

Persons wishing to make donations to the MacMurray College Flood Relief Fund can do so online by visiting the college website, clicking on the Give Back to Mac button and noting the MacMurray College Flood Relief Fund as your designation. Donations may also be mailed to: MacMurray College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 447 E. College Ave., Jacksonville, IL  62650. Note the Flood Relief Fund on the memo area of your check. Questions may be directed to the Office of Institutional Advancement by email or by calling 217-479-7024.

In a letter dated July 1, MacMurray College President Colleen Hester is seeking help from alumni and supporters of the college.

"It is with sadness and urgency that I share the news of recent devastating flooding at MacMurray College," Hester wrote. "We need your help to be ready for our Fall 2011 students, classes and essential campus activities."

The June 17-18 flood ripped through Jacksonville and much of the flooding caused damage to the south end of MacMurray's campus. All south campus dormitories were flooded. Students rooms of Norris House had flood waters seven feet high. Newly-renovated Facilities Operation offices were seriously flooded and college vehicles parked nearby were lost to flooding.

The Jenkins Education Complex suffered the most severe damage and damage was sustained by the college's athletic fields and Julian Hall.

"The full scope of damage will not be valuated for weeks," Hester wrote, noting that initial estimates place the damage in the millions of dollars. "Much of the cost of this disaster may not be covered by insurance. Necessary repair and replacement costs will require additional support beyond what we expect insurance to cover."

Hester noted that a professional restoration crew of more than 30 persons has worked aroudn the clock to remove water, sanitize the effected buildings and salvage resources. The Bill Wall Gymnasium floord needs to be completely replaced, along with workout equipment, team uniforms and athletic training supplies.