By Emily Smith, Sophie Banks and Samiya Ahmad
Over 500 students have been evacuated from their accommodation after serious flooding caused damage overnight.
The flooding began at 3am on Wednesday 2nd May, after a pipe burst on the 9th floor in The Plaza student accommodation, Clay Pit Lane, which houses both Leeds Beckett University and University of Leeds students.
Rachel Snape, 19, who studies Media and Communications at Leeds Beckett University said:
“In the middle of the night there was this massive bang and we went out and there’s just water gushing from a pipe in the door.
A board in the roof had come down and then it was just like gushing through, and its basically gone from floor 8 and all the way down to the reception.”
She said that she is being moved to a Holiday Inn in Garforth and may only be able to move back into the accommodation within a week.
“The reason we are not allowed to stay there is not because it’s wet on the other floors, but because it’s got no electricity or anything.”
According to one student, 8 out of 12 floors have been affected by the flooding and over 300 students are going to have to stay in hotels.
However, as there are limited hotels available locally for people affected, some are being sent to hotels in other cities despite going to university in Leeds.
A witness to the incident, Courtney Moir, said:
“The woman in charge of Unite Students in Leeds has just informed us there’s only 32 rooms available in the entirety of Leeds so people are having to go to Doncaster and Bradford for at least a week.”
Unite Students, the leading provider of student accommodation in the UK, said:
“In the early hours of this morning we were alerted to a burst pipe at our Plaza property in Leeds, which has affected some areas of the building. We have evacuated the flooded areas and colleagues are looking after those students while we arrange alternative accommodation. We are working closely with our university partners and are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.”