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Sections of Road Remain Impassable After Flooding
Pedestrians should cross the Park River (also known as the Hog River) by using the footbridge between the University Commons and the Harry Jack Gray Center. Vehicles should use the north entrance to campus (the entrance closest to Bloomfield) to access the residence halls, University Commons, Sports Center, Lincoln Theater, Konover Campus Center, and the Facilities/Public Safety building. Vehicles may use the south entrance (the main campus entrance) for all other buildings.
Since the flood waters have now receded, vehicles that are assigned to parking lots C, D, E, and F should be returned to those lots, with the exception of a few areas that are cordoned off.
The weekend's significant flooding was the result of torrential rain on Friday night into Saturday, following eight days of steady rain. The north branch of the Park River overflowed its banks, turning some university parking lots, sidewalks, and sections of the main roadway into a raging river.
The river has since receded, but damage to the roadway, sidewalks and parking lots in the affected areas remains significant. Repairs will take place this week, said Norm Young, senior director of facilities.
No flood-related injuries have been reported, but there were two serious incidents in the early morning hours on Saturday. Two students and a visitor, who apparently went around a barricade, were caught in the water’s tow and had to be rescued from the powerful, surging flood waters.
A number of cars that were parked in low-lying lots during the flood were towed to higher ground for safety. Anyone with questions about their vehicles, damages or other flood-related issues should contact Public Safety at 768.7985.
As conditions warrant, updated information will be disseminated on the University web site or through broadcast emails.