Students moved after flooding at Atlanta University Center

Cars were swept away amid rushing floodwater in downtown Atlanta on Sept. 14, 2023.

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Credit: John Spink /

Cars were swept away amid rushing floodwater in downtown Atlanta on Sept. 14, 2023.

Clark Atlanta University officials relocated some students into temporary housing Thursday after thunderstorms caused flooding to some of its residences.

Heavy storms across the city left students of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) in disarray. Storms flooded several roads alongside Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, and multiple vehicles were submerged as a result.

Clark Atlanta said in a statement that remediation companies are on campus removing water and making repairs.

One video posted on social media showed water gushing through a dorm hallway with a young woman pounding against a door and someone screaming.

Morgan Lee, a Clark Atlanta student who witnessed the incident, said she was assisting students in Merner Hall, which is located in the middle of campus, where flooding came up to knee-level in the building.

She said a student suffered injuries after her leg became trapped in a doorway due the heavy water pressure.

“After more people came to help she was free, but her leg received a lot of damage, like bleeding and fractures,” she said.

At least three buildings around the Atlanta University Center, which includes Clark Atlanta and Morehouse College, were impacted.

Clark Atlanta, which has about 4,000 students, has the largest enrollment of the historically Black schools that are part of the Atlanta University Center. The private university is located about a mile west of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The storms flooded other parts of downtown Atlanta and prompted an evacuation of the Georgia Aquarium, closing the attraction for the rest of the day.