Overnight rain causes flooding across campus

Management closed the lower entrance to the Alumni Center parking structure on after the lowest floor was flooded with over 5 inches of water in some places on September 1, 2017.

Herald Staff

Several residence halls and a parking garage on campus have experienced flooding following a night of rain.

The first level of Alumni Square Garage experienced flooding and, as of 7:30 a.m., had around four or five inches of standing water in some areas.

Captain Dominic Ossello of the WKU Police Department recommended students not drive through standing water.

“I would not drive through any standing water just as a precaution,” Ossello said. “The saying is, you know, turn around don’t drown. We highly recommend that if water is standing over roadways or parking lots or other areas, we want you guys to go around, because we really don’t know how deep it will be.”

Ossello said a WKU police officer would be checking the garage, and it may be shut down if it was unsafe to drive through.

Several residence halls also experienced flooding overnight. Southwest Hall, which was recently renovated, and Pearce Ford Tower lobbies began to flood early this morning, according to a resident of Southwest Hall.

A student living in the Kentucky Street apartments reported leaks in her ceiling.

Lana Kunkel, associate director of housing operations, and Mike Reagle, assistant vice president of Housing and Residence Life, were contacted for comment but did not immediately respond.

Other buildings on campus reported damage from the rain and flooding, including the Adams-Whitaker Student Publications Building. Due to the rain, part of the ceiling in the Talisman office collapsed.

A tweet from university president Timothy Caboni showed a portion of Raymond Cravens Library experiencing flooding earlier today. The library will close at 6 p.m. on Friday because of inclement weather.

White Squirrel Weather, a weather monitoring service at WKU, reported that over five inches of rain fell at WKU.

The National Weather Service issued an emergency flash flood warning which is in effect until 1:15 p.m.

Bob Skipper, director of media relations, emailed all students, faculty and staff on Friday morning, encouraging them to “use caution when driving.” The university will open on time, according to Skipper, but students were encouraged to contact their instructor if it is “unsafe for you to get to campus.”

WKU Glasgow has closed for the remainder of the day due to flooding and road closures.