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Report on-campus flooding issues to IPF


March 21, 2014

Expected warmer temperatures and rain could lead to areas of flooding on Michigan State University’s campus. Any potential flooding-related issues in or near campus buildings should be reported to MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities by calling IPF Dispatch at (517) 353-1760.

This month, Michigan State University Provost June Youatt and Executive Vice President for Administrative Services Satish Udpa sent a campus-wide notice reminding everyone to take steps to prepare for potential flooding at MSU.

Michigan State University has previously developed comprehensive plans for a variety of conditions ranging from 50- to 100-year floods. The plans prescribe what to do in any of those situations and IPF personnel are prepared to act accordingly, in conjunction with other university and local agencies.

Campus customers should be aware of several situations that could mean there is a flooding-related issue, including:

  • standing water in basements or lower levels in buildings,
  • leaks or water stains on ceilings,
  • standing water near the exterior of buildings, and
  • water bubbling up from the ground outside of buildings.

The current water level of the Red Cedar River is low enough that much more water could be handled before it reaches the flood stage. However, forecasted rain and warmer temperatures could cause more water intrusion and the potential for flooding. IPF staff will monitor the river levels, storm drains, water lines in addition to regularly checking buildings and campus areas for signs of water issues related to potential flooding.

Call IPF Dispatch at (517) 353-1760 to report any concerns.

MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities builds and maintains the physical environment for Michigan State University’s education, research and outreach missions, and directs the university’s sustainability initiatives and long-term infrastructure planning goals. The unit’s experienced team of professionals keeps MSU running 24/7/365, delivering an immense menu of services and providing expert analysis for university objectives. Call (517) 353-1760 for emergency service.