September 08, 2011

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

President Bravman has asked me to update you on the flood’s impact on our campus and adjacent areas. The Emergency Management Team has been meeting regularly, and will continue to monitor the situation closely. As of 3:00 p.m., the situation is as follows:

  • We have advised students in three residence halls (Harris, Larison and Vedder) that they should be prepared to move out of those halls at 5 p.m. today due to the risk of electrical hazards from water that may reach the electrical controls in the basement. This move would impact 600 students. It is possible that the flooding situation may not warrant that displacement. Only if we are confident that flooding will not reach these hall basements will we advise these students that this move is not necessary. For the time being, however, students should continue to plan on making this move by 5 p.m.
  • 500 students living in downtown houses were evacuated by Lewisburg authorities at approximately 5 a.m., as the area south of Market Street and east of 7th Street has been evacuated.
  • The Field House has been set up as a temporary shelter for displaced students, and various lounges in other residence halls and buildings on campus are being made available to students as temporary shelters. Many students are moving to room temporarily with students in other residence halls. Food and sleeping arrangements will be provided to others. Emergency supplies, including clothing and medicine, will be provided as needed. We do not expect this altered housing situation to be necessary for more than a day or two.
  • In the interest of protecting the community amid this flooding situation, the Borough of Lewisburg has announced a curfew for tonight and tomorrow night. The borough's announcement is below. This curfew relates to downtown Lewisburg, including student housing areas downtown, but does not relate to campus.
    The Borough has declared a curfew in the flood-prone area. The curfew will be in effect from 7 p.m. tonight through 7 a.m. Saturday. Only emergency personnel should be in these areas during this period, unless you are in the process of evacuation. Your cooperation is appreciated. Anyone violating the curfew may face a fine.
  • We will decide during the overnight hours this evening whether it will be possible for campus to open and classes to resume tomorrow and will notify you of the decision via e-mail and text.
  • The Saturday morning Campus Climate Task Force Forum has been canceled and will be rescheduled at the soonest available opportunity. We will also re-schedule a campus forum at a time that allows the Board of Trustees to attend, as was originally scheduled for this Saturday's forum.
  • The ELC, Field House and library will remain open 24 hours. The KLARC will be open until 11 p.m. Dining services will continue in Bostwick Marketplace and the Bison.

    We want to stress that, as far as we know, no students, faculty or staff have been hurt during this flooding emergency.

    The University homepage, Facebook and Twitter accounts are being continually updated with new information, and we will email you as the situation warrants. Please watch for updates. Most importantly, because flooding situations can change rapidly in our area, please continue to follow safety precautions (see http://www.bucknell.edu/x71537.xml) and to look out for each other as we work through these challenges.

    Sincerely,

    Pete Mackey
    Vice President for Communications & Community Relations
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