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Dozens of UW-Madison buildings experience flooding

MADISON (WKOW) – UW-Madison officials say there were 30 incidents of weather-related flooding across 28 buildings over the weekend.

“The good news is that we were able to get through last night without any additional incidents of flooding on campus,” said university spokesperson Meredith McGlone.

Vilas Hall and the Chemistry Building were the most impacted. The Chemistry Building has been closed since Friday after a water main broke, and Vilas Hall has been closed since Sunday morning, when a pipe burst.

Classes at both locations are relocated, at least through Tuesday. University officials expect more relocation throughout the week.

The other flooding across campus did not cause classes to be relocated, but they are concerning.

“Clearly, that was a lot of impact in a very short amount of time,” McGlone said. “I do think this may come up Thursday at the Board of Regents meeting. Our facilities director David Darling will be there. So if you’re specifically interested in that, that may be a good meeting to come to.”

Courtesy: UW-Madison

As cleanup continues, both Vilas Hall and the Chemistry Building remain locked to media and students, but staff were able to enter this morning to retrieve personal belongings.

School of Journalism Director Hemant Shah was at Vilas Hall shortly after the pipe burst Sunday morning.

“The first thing I saw was the entire student lounge and their floor had two inches of water,” he said. “We were asked to leave by the electricians.”

When he returned Monday, he says he grabbed all the personal belongings he could and put them into his backpack.

“We’re basically improvising, so to speak, about where we can work and meet students when we need to,” he said.

Shah said that his office in particular only had water on the floors. Others, he said, weren’t so lucky, with the ceiling caving in and pouring water onto the desks.

Andrew Merica

Reporter/Producer, 27 News

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