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Facilities staff James O’Reilly and Sue Kino (above) are helped by a contractor to sweep flood water from the block five foyer yesterday

Library, student services back to work after flood

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Alo Ma’a and Alesana Ale continue the clean up outside
Entrance A this morning

The Wellington campus library and student services reopened today after closing when the ground floor of blocks four and five were flooded in up to 30cm of water yesterday morning.

An overflowing storm-water drain on Wallace St caused the deluge at about 9.20am. Campus registrar Deanna Riach says staff and students were surprised at how rapidly the water poured in.

Facilities management staff worked quickly to close off effected areas and had emergency generators providing power to pumps within an hour. “Although severe damage was limited due to the fast actions of staff, the focus is now very much on ensuring continuity of service and supporting a prompt return of affected staff members to their usual work spaces," Ms Riach says.

Seventeen teaching and learning centre staff are temporarily based in an office in the mezzanine area next to the facilities office, another four have been relocated to T33, the campus’ virtual hall, and two staff at the Cube accommodation office have been relocated to the student lounge.

No library books or equipment were damaged but carpets are being dried out. Lifts that broke down during the flooding in the nine storey Cube student accommodation apartments in Webb St are working today.

Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and University Registrar Stuart Morriss says the response to the flood was a good example of the effectiveness of the emergency management planning and training taking place across each of the campuses.

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