The storm that came to the Brazos Valley on the night of Sunday, June 16 was a fierce one! The highest wind speed during that storm was 65-70 mph. Campus sustained more tree damage from this storm than from Hurricane Harvey! The biggest tree that was lost to the storm was an 80+ year old live oak at the Chemistry Building.

Grounds team members came into work on that Monday morning to find campus littered with debris from the storms that had rolled through during the night. Many large trees were blown down or damaged to the point that they had to be removed. Grounds Manager Carla Wiseniske-Leonard said of the storm’s aftermath:

“Limbs, leaves, ball moss, and debris covered the turf panels, sidewalks, and parking lots. All Grounds team members spent the day picking up the debris and cleaning off sidewalks so that it was safe for our students, faculty, staff, and guests to walk around on campus.

Director of Operations for Grounds Phillip Zellner stated, “The Grounds Department worked all hands on deck in efforts to clean up storm debris as quickly and safely as possible. I am really proud of the way the Grounds team pulled together and worked to get campus cleaned up in such a short period of time.”

Information submitted by:

Carla Wiseniske-Leonard, Grounds Manager – Special Projects, Sanitation, Greenhouses, & Color

Phillip Zellner, Director of Operations – Grounds Management

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