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A year later, communities still are repairing quake damage

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Date published: 8/23/2012


Classes were called off for what students dubbed a "quake break." Nursing students returned to instruction at the Locust Grove Campus in Orange County one week after the temblor, and the remaining students resumed classes Sept. 6.

The V. Earl Dickinson Building on the Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania County was the only building on the college's two campuses and two centers to sustain significant damage. It was declared unsafe and hasn't been used since.

Repairs began in May and are to be finished by the end of next month. Classes are slated to resume there in January.

The price tag for repairs and associated costs such as leasing space for classes totaled roughly $3.5 million. All but a $5,000 deductible should be covered by the state's insurance.

Staff are expected to begin moving back into Dickinson by the end of October while renovations take place in another part of the building.

Counselors will be available for those needing assistance returning to the building.

--Pamela Gould


Four Spotsylvania schools suffered damage totaling $22,201.57, schools spokeswoman Rene Daniels said.

A wall around the mechanical structures outside Battlefield Middle was demolished and rebuilt at a cost of $12,488, the most expensive repair needed.

Livingston Elementary, the school closest to the Louisa County line, needed $4,803.31 in repairs to its well pump and $800 worth of potable water while the repairs took place. The air conditioner at Freedom Middle needed repairs totaling $2,445.26. Post Oak Middle braced a wall at a cost of $1,665.

The school division applied to FEMA for reimbursement of the costs but has not received an answer, Daniels said.

--Pamela Gould


Orange County's schools experienced minor damage, mostly cosmetic, from the earthquake, according to Doug Arnold, facilities coordinator.

The most serious damage--4 feet of concrete-block wall shaken loose near the top of the Locust Grove Primary gym--was repaired within weeks of the start of school.

The school system is getting bids for the remaining work, primarily repair and repainting of drywall and concrete-block walls, ceilings and joints.

The bulk of the work is expected to be accomplished next summer, said Arnold, who was hired a mere 30 minutes before the earthquake.

--Dan McFarland

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