Mopping up after last month's hail storm has highlighted super efficiency, hard work and dedication from UWA staff, students and supporters.
Within minutes of the hail pelting the Crawley Campus, Hugh McCaffrey was on the phone to the University's contractors, lining them up for repair work the following morning.
Soon afterwards, he left to pick up his daughter from the child care on Parkway.
"Hey you were quick!" said the staff there, assuming Mr McCaffrey, Manager of Building Services, had been sent to help them.
"So I spent more than an hour baling out water, then, just as I was finishing, I was called back to work.
"By 9.30 I decided we'd done all we could to make everything as safe as possible, so I again left for home."
When he finally arrived there, Mr McCaffrey found two broken skylights.
After securing them, he went to bed and lay awake wondering what to do about the windows in Winthrop Hall.
He came up with the idea of the Perspex sandwich, was back at work by 6am the next day and by 10am, the cherry picker, the scaffolding and the perspex sheets had arrived and the job of securing and cleaning up Winthrop Hall was under way.
Mr McCaffrey's is just one of many stories of staff who went beyond the call of duty to help the University recover from last month's storm damage and swing back into action.
The 3mm cathedral glass in eight colours for Winthrop Hall has been sourced in Melbourne and a contractor in Perth found to repair the windows, subject to Heritage Council approval.
Thousands of books have been lost from the Education, Architecture and Fine Art Library but acting University Librarian Margaret Jones said library staff had done a tremendous job in salvaging and repairing thousands more.
"The day after the storm, we started saving the high risk collection, packing them in boxes and hauling them up the stairs from the basement library," Ms Jones said. "Then the contractors arrived with a crane, quickly packed books into cages and lifted them into trucks to bring them over to the Reid Library. Keys Brothers did a fantastic job."
She said library staff had been able to unpack, sort and shelve more than 87,000 books in a space left by the map and Geology collections, which were moved at the end of last year into the new Science Library.
"We are now assessing exactly what's gone missing. Some will be irreplaceable, others we won't bother to replace, such as journals that are reliably available online. We have already placed orders for high-use collections."
FM plumber Derek Smith spent all night on the Tuesday after the storm manning the pump that was sucking the water out of the basement library. Then 80 cubic metres of sand was shovelled out. A wall may be built at the top of the slope to the library windows, to prevent water from Stirling Highway and Hampden Road from causing damage in the future.
Students in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences lost up to a year's work when half of the glasshouses were smashed by hail. More than half the post-graduate students in Plant Biology are international students.
Alan Luks, School Manager, Plant Biology said his School, like the rest of the University, was doing everything it could to ensure that students were supported throughout the repair process to minimise the impact on them.
"Based on our previous experiences it is likely that insurance will cover financial losses (fees, stipends/living allowances).
We also appreciate that this may come as cold comfort to some who have lost 12 months work and are many miles from home and their family support network," he said.
Most of the initial clean-up in the glasshouses was completed by Easter.
"We have lost about 55 per cent of our Plant Growth Facilities and are working on short term temporary fixes, with some glass houses operational under rigid safety conditions. Some should be operational with a temporary cladding in six to eight weeks ahead of permanent repairs.
"Unfortunately these may not be completed for the 2010 growing season, which will put much of our research back 12 months but we are working very hard to avoid this. We are using a plot in the Taxonomic garden for class materials so undergraduate units are not too adversely affected.
"FM and the Insurance office have been extremely helpful. And our Plant Growth Facilities team, Rob Creasy, Steve Mole and Bill Piasini, have worked non-stop to minimise the impact on our students and staff."
The Faculty Office for Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is now relocated in four different locations and the Dean's office is in CTEC, following damage to their building at QEII. Faculty Manager Sue Henshall said it was unlikely the building would be habitable until much later in the year.
"It has been a difficult couple of weeks and I wouldn't say we are fully functioning yet. What could be retrieved from our flooded offices is largely still in boxes and we lost a lot of papers when the ceiling collapsed and water poured into the first floor and flowed down the walls and the staircase to the ground floor," she said.
"The staff have been marvellous, working long hours and maintaining good spirits, despite the fact that many had very damaged cars and some had damage to their homes. Operationally it is going to be tricky for some time to come as we are now four groups working at some distance rather than a cohesive Faculty Office."
Ms Henshall said there had been talk of the building being demolished but now it was likely it would be repaired. "The other University buildings on the QEII campus had some flooding but are back to normal operation as far as I'm aware," she said.