Only one Belknap Campus building, the Chemistry Building, suffered any substantial water damage requiring cleanup help from an independent contractor, said Vice president for Business Affairs Larry Owsley.

“Many of the flood mitigation efforts we completed after the 2009 flood helped keep water out of buildings this time around” Owsley said.

While some flooring and baseboards are being replaced, the majority of the $175,000 price tag for cleanup involves overtime pay for UofL employees and the hiring of ServPro to clean the Chemistry Building basement. The damage from the 2009 flood totaled more than $20 million.

Meanwhile, the cost of the damage to Belknap Campus from the April 28 hail storm is estimated to be $5.5 million.

According to Owsley, 80 buildings sustained some roof damage, 19 had broken windows, 6 had skylight damage and 23 HVAC units required repair or replacing. The $5.5 million figure doesn’t include 74 university vehicles that suffered hail damage. Insurance assessments are continuing on those vehicles.

Mark Hebert
Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.