UPDATED AT 4:15 p.m. Friday, May 4 — Halsey Science Center lecture halls – rooms 106, 107 and 109 – will reopen for classes Monday, May 7.
UW Oshkosh facilities teams and private cleaning crews worked throughout the day Thursday and Friday and will continue clean-up efforts after several campus buildings experienced flooding resulting from Wednesday night’s and Thursday morning’s heavy rains.
Administrators determined Thursday afternoon that the Halsey Science Center lecture halls would remain closed on Friday. Students with classes normally scheduled in those lecture halls were alerted by the University Registrar’s office whether their class had been changed to a different location.
All other Halsey classrooms and labs are safe, dry and accommodated normal Friday schedules and class loads.
Wednesday’s and Thursday’s flooding also negatively impacted Donner Hall, requiring the shut off of water to the 223-student residence hall Thursday.
Donner Hall is safe and poses no danger or threat to residents who choose to stay there this evening. They were not required to leave during the water shut-off period but use of bathrooms was prohibited.
UW Oshkosh Student Affairs and Residence Life representatives developed a series of options to accommodate Donner Hall residents and minimize any inconveniences or disruption to schedules. These options ranged from temporary use of neighboring athletic, recreational and residence hall’s facilities to the provision of accommodations at nearby Gruenhagen Conference Center on campus. Students also, of course, had the option of relocating to stay with family and/or friends on or off campus until Donner Hall’s water was turned back on.
UW Oshkosh facilities crews were able to turn Donner’s water back on late Thursday. Water use inside the residence hall was still limited to avoid inundating already overwhelmed sewers.
Portions of several UW Oshkosh buildings in addition to Halsey and Donner, particularly in lower levels, also sustained some flooding damage from Wednesday’s and Thursday’s rains. However, classes and operations in these buildings largely resumed on a normal, regular schedule. They include:
- Clow Social Science Center.
- Webster Hall (a computer lab was closed due to flooding concerns).
- Blackhawk Commons, which experienced some roof leaking.
- Taylor Hall, which experienced some flooding in its entrance.
- Reeve Memorial Union, where flooding affected lower-level areas, such as the Titan Underground.
While flood waters from the primary wave of storms have subsided, University students, staff, faculty and guests who see high water on or around campus are advised to stay away from it. UW Oshkosh facility crews continue to assess the extent of the flooding damage around campus while addressing outstanding issues. Their priority is the full restoration of the campus’s academic functions.
Updates on the flooding recovery process at UW Oshkosh will continue to be provided as necessary.