Heavy rains at the start of the workday Wednesday, June 13, put some south campus parking lots under as much as four feet of water.
While there was some basement flooding in south campus buildings, including Grace and Cretin Halls and the Service Center, the damage appears to be much less than the mess caused by a similar storm about three or four summers ago.
Jerry Anderley, associate vice president for facilities, said the downpour was simply more than the neighborhood’s storm sewers could handle. The sewers were so full that the water pressure sent manhole covers flying on Summit, Grand and Cretin avenues.
Anderley said that while the water in south campus parking lots was as much as four feet deep in spots, it was about six feet deep on parts of Grand Avenue, especially near the Grand and Cretin intersection.
A St. Thomas truck was used to pick up some students who were stranded on Summit Avenue during the deluge.
Anderley said it’s too early to estimate the cost of the damage. Some equipment in the basement of the Service Center, for example, will have to be dried out to see if it will need to be repaired or replaced.
No injuries were reported. Anderley and Public Safety had not received reports of heavily damaged cars on campus. Some cars parked on Cleveland Avenue, however, probably suffered some water damage. Physical Plant and Public Safety crews were on hand to help move cars out of the south campus lots where water was the deepest.
Although there was some standing water on the quadrangle, the north campus escaped water damage.
Parking Lot N looked like a pond early Wednesday morning. Photos by Lisa Rimbey.