According to the University Report, there was very little information on the flood of 19-86 and it affects on the farm...
A more recent report on what happened here in 19-97 focused more on property loss here including the fact no animals were lost.
Combine that with no emergency disaster plan for the plant and its animals,,,,you have a relatively new staff working on instinct. Interim
President Joe Crowley says there's a lot of responsibility to go around."We have a crew an extrodinarily hard working crew, who made some decisions that turned out to be flawed but the university hadn't prepared them."
the report details the hour by hour movement of staff at the farm. Early Morning December 31st: Fields in the front of the complex start to flood. As time goes on field--#32 appears to remain relatively dry. For several hours approximately one-thousand animals comprised of cattle and sheep are moved down Clean Water Way for an eighth of a mile to what workers believe is a safe haven the report says. A picture taken around two in the afternoon shows the animals safe in the field. Three hours later, two employees notice #32 is flooding..they would later find this levee located on the southwest side of the field had 35-foot break in it. It is now dusk.
Dr. Crowley says that's when employees started to put themselves in danger. "People falling into flooded areas people who were already cold and wet and tired and there was significant risk.in my opinion."
Crowley says while more than three hundred sheep died here, employees were able to save more than five-hundred.
He would not talk about reprimands, if there are any, against those involved in this incident.
Instead he says the university can learn from this tragedy.
That's why plans are being drawn up now to move all animals to the dairy hill if an orange or red alert is issued during a flood.
An emergency response plan for the facility is due on March 15th.