Campus Recovering from Flood

Flood surrounding Anderson Hall and Magnuson Campus Center

CHICAGO, IL (September 17, 2008) – North Park University students were able to move back into Burgh and Anderson Halls on Monday evening and classes resumed Tuesday morning.

The seven inches of rain that fell in 24 hours over the weekend and sent the Chicago River over its banks led to the evacuation of the two residence halls. Relocation was necessary when water began to cover the electrical transformers that are next to Anderson and regulate power to that dorm as well as Burgh and the Magnuson Center, which houses classrooms and the student cafeteria. Water rose several feet surrounding Anderson and flooded the basement of Magnuson, which is the only campus building that remains closed.

The utility basement in Magnuson has now been fully drained of water, permitting contractors to enter this area, assess the damage to utility equipment, and provide a plan to restore service. “This is the most complex of the flooding challenges we face and will take the longest to correct,” President David Parkyn reported Tuesday in an email update to campus.

All classes held in the Magnuson Center have been assigned to alternative locations on campus, and ARA is continuing to provide food service in Hamming Hall until further notice.