OCCC Damaged During May 31 Storms
TRC (Total Restoration Corporation) workers help clean up the storm damage on the OCCC campus after the May 31 storm.
Oklahoma City Community College joined many Oklahomans who are in the process of clean up and recovery from the recent storms.
The OCCC main campus at 7777 S. May Ave., and portions of the Family and Community Education (FACE) Center at 6500 S. Land Ave., sustained damage during the May 31 storm that tore a path through the OKC metro and surrounding communities. As a result, the college remained closed the first week of June while the repairs were made.
The storm hit the campus the Friday before the summer semester was set to begin, causing OCCC to move the start date back one week to June 10. The campus was also hosting area children in the annual College for Kids summer camps, and summer childcare at the OCCC Child Development Center. Fortunately, OCCC was able to continue these programs as scheduled at the FACE Center. The only child programs cancelled were those involving the usage of the Aquatic Center. All adult basic education classes and GED classes scheduled either on the main campus or the FACE Center were postponed until after June 10.
The damage to campus was primarily to the roof and subsequent flooding. College officials and facilities management personnel were on campus as early as Friday night, May 31, assessing the damage and beginning the task of restoring the campus.
Many residents of the south metro look to the campus as a safe location during tornados. Due to the damage to the campus, OCCC campus officials stressed to the public that the campus was on lock down, and that for the time, south metro residents should seek alternative shelter locations. The college encouraged residents to always remain weather aware and stay safe.