CU closed after flooding displaces 400
BOULDER, Colo. — About 400 faculty and staff were evacuated from their homes near the University of Colorado campus after heavy rains caused widespread flooding in Boulder.
CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard said the Athens and Newton Court buildings were evacuated because of flooding. The evacuation displaced graduate students, faculty, staff and their families who live on this apartments.
The CU campus will be closed Thursday while officials inspect buildings for potential damage.
“Assessments of damage have been ongoing throughout the evening and will continue into the morning hours,” the university said in a statement.
“At this time, there is some water damage to numerous buildings including Theatre, Norlin Library, and the Koelbel business building, as well as the Research Lab 2 and Research Lab 4 buildings on the east campus,” the statement said.
Two residence halls on campus were also damaged including Reed and Crosman Halls. About a dozen students were relocated to other units on campus, Hilliard said.
One student broke an ankle while playing “slip and slide” on the Farrand Field, but otherwise no other injuries have been reported.
Many students seemed to be enjoying the heavy rain that fell around midnight despite caution from authorities to avoid flooded areas.