Students forced to sleep on camp beds

Students at Staffordshire University were forced to sleep on camp beds overnight due to flooding.

A number of buildings Coalport, Spode, Royal Doulton, Minton and Aynsley residences were evacuated earlier today.

In consultation with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Severn Trent Water and the Environment Agency, checks were conducted of the buildings and students were eventually able to return to their accommodation.

Unfortunately, while there is no structural damage or risk to the building itself, access to the Aynsley building remained prohibited until further notice. This is for your own safety.

The Leek Road Venue was made available as temporary accommodation for Aynsley students only, with camp beds and free-of-charge, non-alcoholic refreshments.

No events will be taking place in the LRV while it is being used as temporary accommodation, and Verve will be closed to non-Aynsley residents. Security staff will be on hand to oversee safety while students are staying in the LRV.

Security staff will be checking names on entry to the LRV, so please ensure that you bring your Staffordshire University ID card with you, if possible. Please also ensure that you bring all essential items, such as prescription medication.

A team of ResLife Mentors (RLMs) and University staff are now on hand at the LRV to answer any questions from Aynsley residents with concerns about these arrangements, including access to essential items.

Students have today (Sunday) been able to return to their accommodation.

In a statement, the University said: "We would like to thank everyone who stayed in the LRV last night for their patience and understanding. The community spirit demonstrated helped to make a difficult situation more tolerable.

"We would also like to thank those who volunteered for their excellent work in ensuring that all students staying in the LRV were safe and comfortable.

"Please note that the electricity to Aynsley had to be turned off due to yesterday’s flooding, and fridge freezers were disconnected from the power supply during this period."

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