Flood damage could leave UW-Stout building closed for two weeks

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) – Heavy rain last week has left enough damage at part of a university building that it will remain closed, possibly for two weeks or more.

A news release from UW-Stout says a storm Friday night caused water to leak into the basement of Jarvis Hall. That knocked out the electrical system for the Jarvis Hall Science Wing, Jarvis Hall Technology Wing, and Micheels Hall. The university used alternative feeds and portable generators to restore power to all sections of the complex except for the science wing. The complex of buildings is a block long.

There’s no damage estimate right now, but insurance is expected to cover the losses. The UW-Stout Physical Plant director calls the damages “significant.” She said 83,000 gallons of water got into the basement of Jarvis Hall through a fresh air intake. Crews pumped it out during the weekend, but equipment was damaged.

The university says alternative locations are being arranged for summer school classes and offices in flood-affected areas.
MENOMONIE, Wis.(UW-STOUT NEWS RELEASE) — The addition to Jarvis Hall Science Wing at University of Wisconsin-Stout will remain closed for up to two weeks, and possibly longer, because of extensive damage caused by heavy rain Friday night in Menomonie.

Several dozen employees were on campus during the weekend to help with cleanup.

“Our employees worked extremely hard over the weekend to get the majority of our buildings back in service by Monday morning,” Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen said. “We have very dedicated employees who take their responsibilities seriously and put in very long hours. I couldn’t be more grateful for their efforts.”

The storm caused water to leak into the basement of Jarvis Hall, 410 10th Ave. E., which then knocked out the electrical system for Jarvis Hall Science Wing, Jarvis Hall Technology Wing and Micheels Hall.

Electrical service has been restored to all sections of the block-long building complex except for Jarvis Hall Science Wing, on the north end. Electricity was restored by using alternative feeds and portable generators.

Shirley Klebesadel, director of the UW-Stout Physical Plant, said some 83,000 gallons of water poured into the Jarvis Hall basement, where electrical distribution equipment is located. The water entered through a fresh air intake. It was pumped out Saturday and Sunday, but the equipment was damaged.

“We had to buy all new electrical equipment,” Klebesadel said. “It’s a significant loss.”

No dollar estimate has been established for the damages, she said, but it will be “significant.” Insurance is expected to cover the losses.

Flooding also occurred on the first floor of the adjacent Memorial Student Center, where rainwater backed up against the doors of the east and west entrances and then leaked into the building.
The basement flo0r of the Administration Building, which houses the staffs of University Communications and University Marketing, also sustained minor flooding when water streamed down a loading dock. Both of those buildings were open Monday.

An addition was constructed on the Science Wing and the existing space was remodeled. The total cost of the Jarvis Hall project was $43 million, and the building was dedicated in October 2010.

Klebesadel said she hopes power will be restored to the remodeled section yet this week. It may take up to two weeks to restore power to the addition, she said, but that could change after an assessment that was to be completed later Monday.

Alternative locations are being arranged for summer school classes and offices affected by the flooding.

Damage restoration contractors will be in the Jarvis Hall basement to assess what other equipment in storage rooms can be salvaged and to dry out the basement.

The flooding also knocked out Internet service to a number of buildings on campus. Service was restored by Monday morning to all but Jarvis Hall Science Wing.

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