Marietta College: Flood Updates for March 2011

Update: 10:34 a.m., Saturday, March 12

To the Marietta College community:

In the interest of keeping you informed of developments relating to the flooding in the Marietta area and on campus, here are the latest developments as of 10:34 a.m., Saturday, March 12.

There is some very good news to report. The flooding in the Marietta area won’t be as widespread as was predicted yesterday. The National Weather Service in Charleston is now predicting the Ohio River will crest at 37.6 feet around 1 a.m., Sunday, March 13.

This is well below the original prediction of nearly 40 feet.

To ensure student safety and to facilitate the clearing of flood debris from roads and parking lots, Marietta College won’t conduct classes on Monday, March 14.

Based on the predicted rate of retreat of the floodwaters of the Ohio River, we are still asking students to delay their return to campus until Monday afternoon at the earliest. Please routinely check your email or the College website for further updates.

When you return to campus, you should be able to park in your normal assigned lots as we are now expecting the floodwaters to have receded by Monday afternoon.

There was also an early concern about the Fourth Street housing, most notably A&H, ATO and Pioneer houses. However, residents of those facilities will be able to move back in Monday afternoon.

College employees are expected to work on Monday, but we are honoring a liberal leave policy so any employee who doesn’t feel they can safely make it to campus does not have to report. However, we ask that you contact your supervisor about your decision.

When you return to campus, there still may be some standing water in low areas around campus and the community. Students are encouraged to stay out of the water around campus because the temperature of the floodwaters will be frigid and the current is likely moving quicker than it may appear. Other risks that could incur from flood waters include: glass, metal or wood debris hidden beneath waters, unseen change in ground levels or washed out areas beneath flood waters, potential for chemicals and/or sewage contamination depending on the level of flooding and the potential for electrocution from downed power lines.

We will continue to update you through email, the College website and when necessary, through Pioneer Alert. If you are not registered for Pioneer Alert you may do so at mymarietta.marietta.edu.

For river level updates:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=rlx&gage=mtao1

 

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Update: 3:01 p.m., Friday, March 11

Here are a few photos that were taken a few hours after the Ohio River eclipsed flood stage at 35 feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Update: 10:44 a.m., Friday, March 11

To the Marietta College community:

 

To ensure student safety and to facilitate the clearing of flood debris from roads and parking lots, Marietta College officials have cancelled classes on Monday, March 14.

 

Based on the predicted rate of retreat of the floodwaters of the Ohio River, we are asking students to delay their return to campus until Monday afternoon at the earliest. Please routinely check your email or the College website for further updates.

 

When you return to campus, we ask that you park in the following lots:

 

·      Physician Assistant lot (former Moose Lodge)

·      Gathering Place

·      Mills Hall

·      Parsons

·      McCoy

 

College employees are expected to work on Monday, but we are honoring a liberal leave policy so any employee who doesn’t feel they can safely make it to campus does not have to report. However, we ask that you contact your supervisor about your decision.

 

In the interest of keeping you informed of developments relating to the upcoming flooding in the Marietta area and on campus, here are the latest developments.

 

The National Weather Service in Charleston is predicting the Ohio River will reach 35 feet (flood stage for Marietta) by 1 p.m., today, March 11, and crest at nearly 39 feet around 7 a.m., Sunday, March 13.

 

This moderate level of flooding will force the closure of roads and parking lots on and around campus, and limit student access to the Pioneer, A&H and ATO residence halls.

 

At 37 feet we expect to see flooding at Don Drumm Stadium, the intersection of Fourth and Butler streets, Marietta Hall’s lower drive and parking, and Hermann Fine Arts parking lot. Do not park in these lots and, for your safety, do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways.

 

At 38 feet we expect to see flooding in Butler Street at the bottom of Christy Mall. We will prepare for flooding on the first floors of the Pioneer House and A&H House by moving student property and furnishings to the Common Room of the respective house.

 

We advise anyone who has a vehicle parked in the Marietta Hall circle, the lower portion of Hermann Fine Arts lot, the parking lots behind the A&H and Alpha Tau Omega houses, the commuter lot on Fourth Street and Don Drumm Stadium should move their vehicle.

 

Students are also encouraged to stay out of the water around campus because the temperature of the floodwaters will be frigid and the current is likely moving quicker than it may appear. Other risks that could incur from flood waters include: glass, metal or wood debris hidden beneath waters, unseen change in ground levels or washed out areas beneath flood waters, potential for chemicals and/or sewage contamination depending on the level of flooding and the potential for electrocution from downed power lines.

 

We will continue to update you through email, the College website and when necessary, through Pioneer Alert. If you are not registered for Pioneer Alert you may do so at mymarietta.marietta.edu.

 

For river level updates:

 

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=rlx&gage=mtao1

 

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Update: 4:17 p.m., Thursday, March 10

To the Marietta College community:

 

In the interest of keeping you informed of developments relating to the upcoming flooding in the Marietta area and on campus, please review the following.

 

The National Weather Service in Charleston is now predicting the Ohio River will reach 35 feet (flood stage for Marietta) by 10 p.m., Friday, March 11, and crest at 39.4 feet around 7 a.m. Sunday, March 13.

 

For updates, please continue to return to this site or go to:

 

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=rlx&gage=mtao1

 

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Update: 1:31 p.m., Thursday, March 10

 

Hello Everyone,

 

This afternoon, in preparation of flood waters, we will be begin to pack personal items from first floor student rooms in A & H, Pioneer, and ATO. We will begin at 2 p.m. If anyone wishes to help the student life staff, feel free to join us at any one of those buildings. Thank you for your help.

 

Robert A. Pastoor, Ed. D.

Vice President for Student Life

 

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Update: 9:10 a.m., Thursday, March 10

 

To the Marietta College community:

 

In the interest of keeping you informed of developments relating to the upcoming flooding in the Marietta area and on campus, please review the following.

 

The National Weather Service in Charleston is predicting the Ohio River will reach 35 feet (flood stage for Marietta) by Saturday afternoon, March 12, and crest at 38.5 feet around midnight Saturday.

 

At 37 feet we expect to see flooding at Don Drumm Stadium, the intersection of Fourth and Butler streets, Marietta Hall’s lower drive and parking, and Hermann Fine Arts parking lot. Do not park in these lots and, for your safety, do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways.     

 

At 38 feet we expect to see flooding in Butler Street at the bottom of Christy Mall. We will prepare for flooding on the first floors of the Pioneer House and A&H House by moving student property and furnishings to the Common Room of the respective house.              

 

The high waters should have minimal impact on campus, but we advise anyone who has a vehicle parked in the Marietta Hall circle, the lower portion of Hermann Fine Arts lot, the parking lots behind the A&H and Alpha Tau Omega houses, the commuter lot on Fourth Street and Don Drumm Stadium should move their vehicle.

 

Since a majority of our students will be returning to campus on Sunday, March 13, College Police are encouraging them to park in the Physician Assistant parking lot at the corner of Butler and Third streets, or any lots not impacted by the flood (e.g., IGA, Mills, etc.).

 

Students are also encouraged to stay out of the water around campus because the temperature of the floodwaters will be frigid and the current is likely moving quicker than it may appear. Other risks that could incur from flood waters include: glass, metal or wood debris hidden beneath waters, unseen change in ground levels or washed out areas beneath flood waters, potential for chemicals and/or sewage contamination depending on the level of flooding and the potential for electrocution from downed power lines.

 

For more information:

 

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=rlx&gage=mtao1