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Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Message from the Supe About Hurricane Isabel Flooding 

(Via the Alumni Association)

Dear Alumni, Parents and Friends of the Naval Academy:
We are in the midst of recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Isabel. Thankfully, none of our midshipmen, faculty, staff, visiting Alumni or parents suffered any injuries. However, the damage the Academy sustained from the 7.5 foot storm surge, particularly to our electrical and mechanical infrastructure, was significant. We are still assessing the extent of damage, but believe full recovery will take months.

Bancroft Hall, King Hall, the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility, Dahlgren Hall, Ricketts Hall, MacDonough Hall and the Halsey Field House suffered minor water damage and have been restored to full operations. Mitscher Hall and the majority of our academic buildings all received extensive water damage from flooding. The basement labs in Chauvenet (chemistry) and Rickover (engineering) were among the hardest hit. Hundreds of contractors and Academy personnel undertook a Herculean effort, working around the clock for 72 hours, so that we were ready to resume makeshift classes on Monday 22 Sep, and continue our mission to develop midshipmen into future officers for our Navy and Marine Corps.

We know many challenges await us as we progress to full recovery in the weeks and months ahead. I am confident our Navy leadership will support us with the resources we require. I ask for your support in being sensitive to the significant impact this storm had on the Academy. Midshipmen, faculty, staff and contractors continue to keep our collective focus on our mission and overcoming setbacks caused by the hurricane.

VADM Rodney P. Rempt, Superintendent