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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 5:25 pm | Updated: 7:20 pm, Fri May 24, 2013.

Dozens of ASU students who made it to graduation day are dealing with one more hurdle.

A water pipe burst shut down the 22-story Tower One complex at the West 6th Apartments in Tempe.

It came at a tough time for some students, who were packing for the summer or had family in town for graduation.

Other apartment residents don’t have the option to leave.

City officials say a pipe burst Wednesday on the eighth floor. Crews began repairing the sprinkler system and all residents were evacuated. The Tempe Fire Department said the electrical and fire alarm systems are damaged, and they didn’t know how long repairs will take.

“Oh, this is horrible,” said Jeffrey McKenzie, a graduating student and resident. “You got family here, you have everybody here, and I have to deal with bringing them to this place.”

The apartment management offered hotel vouchers to residents who need a place to stay. But many are staying with friends.

“You know it’s a little stressful, but overall, we can understand. It’s not anyone’s fault in particular,” said resident James Gorham.

The apartment complex says it’s working hard to make repairs, but have no timetable for when residents can move back in.

“Best case scenario, I’m back in my apartment tomorrow and everything’s normal,” Gorham said.

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