South Side Campuses Get Wet Basements From Storm, But Damage Was Minor

By Sam Cholke on September 20, 2013 8:28am 

 Classes continued in Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology after storms Wednesday night caused ceiling tiles to collapse.
Classes continued in Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology after storms Wednesday night caused ceiling tiles to collapse.
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HYDE PARK — Torrential storms on Wednesday and Thursday drenched carpets on the south lakefront, but caused no reported permanent damage.

The thunderstorms that drenched the Illinois Institute of Technology caused leaks in the ceiling of Crown Hall and pools of water in some computer labs in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center.

“The [campus center] was open for business as usual today but we are working on cleaning up 'Potter's Alley' which contained computer work stations,” said Jeanne Hartig, a spokeswoman for IIT. “Looking at the pictures posted on Facebook, when the rain water came into the building, it looks like Potter's Alley briefly turned into Potter's Canal.”

Hartig said the impact of the storms was minor and the campus was open as cleanup continued through Thursday afternoon.

Eleven buildings on the IIT campus experienced some water damage, but classes continued as normal on Thursday.

Farther south in Hyde Park, the parking lot of Treasure Island was under a foot of water in some places during the peak of the storm, but was clear and dry by Thursday afternoon.

Spots of severe flooding during April storms, such as the Metra underpass at 60th Street, were clear on Thursday afternoon.

The University of Chicago experienced some standing water in buildings, according to Jeremy Manier, a spokesman for the university.

“We had water in some basements — like most basements in the city — but nothing affecting activities or the public,” Manier said.

During a brief survey of Hyde Park, Grand Boulevard, Washington Park, Oakland and Douglas there appeared to no areas of standing water as of Thursday afternoon.
 

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