In images: Dudley, Eunice and Franklin batter the campus

Broken windows, torn off branches and a broken traffic sign. Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin wreaked havoc everywhere, including on TU Delft campus.

A traffic sign next to TU Delft Library did not survive the storm. (Photos: Marjolein van der Veldt)

Red alert, no trains and an overstretched emergency number. Storm Eunice was a big one. Anticipating nature’s fury, TU Delft closed at 12:30 last Friday. Physical lessons were cancelled to allow staff and students to get home on time safely.

Torn off branches block the path from X TU Delft to The Green Village..

The Campus Real Estate, Park Management and Campus Safety departments listed the damage: broken windows, a broken traffic sign and some torn off branches. ‘Fortunately there was only material damage and there were no incidents involving people’, wrote a spokesperson in a written response.

‘The last few days have seen much hard work to ensure safety on campus. Some areas were closed off preventively, loose material was fastened and broken windows were replaced by boards sawn to size till deep in the night.’

This happened at the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, where there was a lot of damage on the fourth floor. Windows in various offices were blown away, causing havoc inside. The interior walls of two rooms were even dislocated. In its newsletter, the faculty called on all staff to ‘always close all windows in your office’.

After the weekend, the damage was clearly visible in the Mekelpark. Employees were sweeping shattered glass of what was once a bus stop opposite the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Hanging on the pole horizontally
Around the Faculty, cyclists on Monday were still facing the after effects of both storms. Bent double over the handlebars, they braved the treacherous gusts of wind. Some took it as a challenge and smilingly hung horizontally from poles.

(Photo: Emma Boelen)

News editor Marjolein van der Veldt

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