Heavy rainfall causes flooding in Moffitt Library, Blackwell Hall

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Heavy rainfall Wednesday night caused flooding in multiple campus buildings, including Moffitt Library and Blackwell Hall, resulting in the temporary closure of the affected areas.

The first floor of Moffitt Library was affected, resulting in the evacuation of all occupants, according to Tiffany Grandstaff, director of communications of the University Library. It is currently unknown when the first floor will reopen. All other floors of Moffitt Library are open as usual, she added.

Classes normally held on the first floor of Moffitt Library, including “Human Genetics and Genomics,” or Integrative Biology 164, and “Contemporary Art and Architecture from Asia,” or History of Art 37, were relocated to other buildings.

A facilities crew is currently working to assess the issues, Grandstaff said. She added that the floodwater needs to be cleared and all outlets and electrical equipment need to be checked before the first floor can reopen.

“We are also looking ahead at the weather and coordinating with facilities to get things in place to try to prevent a recurrence,”  Grandstaff said.

Blackwell Hall’s Academic Success Center was also affected, according to campus spokesperson Adam Ratliff. The center will be temporarily closed, and no student rooms were affected, he said.

Amber Tang is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @ambertang_dc.