Indiana University Northwest announced this afternoon that the Gary campus would remain closed Monday, Sept. 22.
This closure includes cancellation of all classes and suspension of all campus activities at the Gary campus and the Portage Instructional Site.
The Academic Learning Center in Merrillville is open, therefore for those faculty and students who have classes at that location, the classes will meet as scheduled.
In an email sent to the campus community earlier today, IU President Michael A. McRobbie acknowledged the seriousness of the situation on campus and assured the campus community of his commitment, along with everyone in university and campus administration, to ensuring the rapid re-opening and complete recovery of the campus as quickly as possible.
IU Northwest suspended operations for the last week after last weekend’s torrential rains brought floodwaters in from the Little Calumet River basin located just north of campus. By Tuesday, nearly the entire main campus parking lot along 33rd Avenue was under water, as were significant portions of the campus grounds.
By Friday, the water had receded from much of the campus interior, but the parking lots remained flooded with an estimated 18 to 24 inches of water. Also, several buildings had taken on water that campus personnel were still trying to pump out as of Friday afternoon. These included Raintree Hall, where flooding was primarily restricted to the mechanical room, and Tamarack Hall, where standing water remained in portions of Theatre Northwest. Two office buildings along 35th Avenue, Sycamore and Lindenwood Halls, had taken some water into their basements, minor flooding in the basement of the Library Conference Center and a modest sinkhole had opened up outside of Hawthorn.
As of today, Sunday, water has receded in much of the interior campus grounds, however parking lots 1 and 2 adjacent to the Savannah Center on the north side of campus continued to resemble a shallow lake.
Students, faculty and staff may check the IU Northwest home page which is updated regularly at 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day and campus email for alerts and updates. Voice and text messages also will be sent through IU Notify.
Again, IU Northwest regrets any inconvenience that these cancellations may cause our students, our faculty and staff, or members of the community.
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Additional photos of the campus from today courtesy of Professor Bill Dorin, Department of Computer Science can be viewed online at http://www.iun.edu/~ciswjd/flood/PhotoAlbum/index.htm