Storm of the Century
Trip Start Feb 24, 2006
39Trip End Dec 31, 2007
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My school was not lucky enough to avoid the storm damage as the winds pushed the waves over the beach and into the schools playground. With nowhere to go, the water attacked the school building, flooding the basement. This resulted in much damage to the cafeteria, the sewage system, and GELC's power and electricity control room. The flooding caused over 200,000,000 won (over $200,000) worth of damage and left the school without power or running water for one week.
With no electricity available for office work, we first decided that we should get free vacation time! But reality struck and we decided the best thing to do would be to work hard and help recover the school so it could re-open as soon as possible. This meant long days spent cleaning up, draining water, shoveling sand, and general physical labor, which was quite a change from the normal GELC classroom activities! Personally, I enjoyed the outdoor work except for the fact that it pulled me from studying for my grad school test!