Flooding shuts down Chico State's south campus, power to be restored Tuesday

Jan 6, 2014 3:47 PM

(UPDATE) 3:35 p.m.- Power will not be restored to south campus until tomorrow, university officials have confirmed.

(UPDATE) 3:15 p.m.- Power has not been restored to south Campus buildings as of 3 p.m., the university stated in a tweet moments ago.

(UPDATE) 3 p.m.- Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director for Chico State, stated around 10:20 a.m. this morning a censor went off from the boiler and chiller room indicating water had been detected within the basement of Langdon Hall. As a result of the flooding, a transformer inside the basement had to be turned off as a safety precaution.

Wills said they have yet to determine the cause of the flooding but indicated power should be restored to the affected areas by 3 p.m. Power will remain off in Langdon Hall until the cause of the flooding is determined.

Langdon Hall was built in 1957.

The south side of the California State University, Chico campus will be closed from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. today due to a flood in the basement of Langdon Hall, the university announced this afternoon.

Read the complete statement from the university:

Due to a flood in the Langdon basement, the south side of campus will close TODAY, Jan. 6, from 2-3 p.m. For safety purposes, Facilities Management and Services will shut down electrical to the entire south side of campus. This shutdown will allow FMS to safely enter the Langdon basement to isolate the electrical feed to the building. While the south campus is expected to have power returned by 3 pm, Langdon will remain out of power for an undetermined amount of time.

Employees in all the buildings listed below, except Langdon, are to turn off their computers and any other electrical device prior to 2 pm. These employees must leave the building and take a one-hour paid break for the period 2 pm to 3 pm since there will be no power or HVAC during this period. Employees are to return to their work are at 3 pm. Please take any personal belongings with you during the closure, as the buildings will be locked. University Police will be on duty using back-up power.

Since Langdon will be closed for repairs, all employees with offices in Langdon are to shut down all electrical devices prior to 2 pm and leave the building. No one will be allowed in Langdon for the remainder of the day. Therefore, employees with offices in Langdon may leave for the day. This period will be covered by paid administrative leave. Employees are expected to report to work tomorrow, Jan. 7, 2014 at their regularly scheduled work time unless notified otherwise by the emergency notification system, by campus announcements, or by their appropriate administrator.

Important: In order to prevent occupants from being trapped in elevators, anyone needing to exit their building via an elevator must leave prior to 2 pm. Should you have any accessibility issues, please contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 898.5959.

Should you have questions about staffing or personnel assignments, contact the Human Resources Services Center at 898-6771.

This will not affect the north side of campus, or buildings that are not listed below.

Buildings affected by shutdown at 2 pm:

Ayres Hall

Bell Memorial Union/AS Bookstore

Biology Head House

Boiler Chiller Plant - Boilers and Chillers

Campus Clocks

Center for Continuing Education

Colusa Hall

Glenn Hall

Greenhouse A, B, & C at the Boiler Chiller Plant

Kendall Hall

Langdon Engineering

Laxson Auditorium

Meriam Library

North Wells (all irrigation) including Nettleton irrigation

O'Connell Technology Center

Parking Structure

Performing Arts Center

Physical Science

Physical Science Greenhouse & Amphitheater across the creek


Selvester's Café

Siskiyou Hall

Student Services Center

Taylor Hall

Trinity Hall

Wildcat Recreation Center

Another email will be dispersed as soon as power is back on and Langdon occupants will be notified separately.

Thank you for your cooperation.


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