May 9, 1997
Volume 34 No. 34
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a special edition of University Letter. Its purpose is
to provide information to faculty and staff in the aftermath of the flood
emergency. Normal production of University Letter will resume soon. -- Jan
The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks re-opened for business
Thursday, May 8, after having been closed since April 19 because of the
Red River flood. All but a few buildings now are accessible to UND employees.
FLOOD DAMAGES HIGH
More than 70 of UND's more than 200 buildings, including some 500,000 square
feet of space and their contents, were damaged as a result of the Red River
flood. Damage to the University's 69 miles of underground steam, water,
electrical telecommunications and storm/sewer systems also was extensive when
water invaded the tunnels. This will require pumping, drying and replacement
or repair of broken lines. In addition, there was major damage to the
University's roads, sidewalks, parking lots, lawns, lighting and signage.
Athletic fields were extensively excavated to provide clay for emergency
diking in the city. KFJM Radio's transmitter and tower were seriously damaged.
Water damage to University buildings resulted from flooding of the English
Coulee, from overland flooding from the remainder of the city, and from storm
sewer backups. Hardest hit was the School of Medicine and Health Sciences
building, which sustained about six feet of water in the basement. Among other
buildings which took in water in their lower levels were Wilkerson Hall and
all but three of UND's residence halls, including Bek, Noren, Selke, Squires,
Swanson, Hancock, Walsh, and Smith/Johnstone/Fulton. Other flooded buildings
include, but are not limited to, the Memorial Union, Energy and Environmental
Research Center, Chester Fritz Auditorium, Abbott Hall, Starcher Hall, O'Kelly
Hall, Babcock, Hall, Gustafson Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center, Leonard Hall,
Montgomery Hall, Robertson-Sayre Hall, Witmer Hall, the President's residence,
the Native American Center, the International Centre, Era Bell Thompson
Center, Memorial Stadium, and Engelstad Arena.
A detailed assessment of flood damage at the University will not be available
until the immediate emergency has passed. Losses in other flooded buildings
are expected to be major, and the repair expenses for vehicles and other
equipment used during the emergency will be significant.
REGULAR BUILDING ACCESS RESUMES MAY 12
Regular procedures and times for gaining access to University buildings will
resume Monday, May 12, after a change that has been in practice for security
reasons during the flood situation. Buildings are being locked at 4:30 p.m.
this week, but persons in the buildings at that time will not be asked to
leave as has been the case in the security operating period. However,
buildings will be locked all of this weekend. An exception will be Twamley
Hall so that students can continue to go there to pick up mail that has
accumulated during the flood emergency.
PAYCHECKS ISSUED ON TIME
Paychecks were issued on time April 30 and will be issued as usual May 15,
despite the flood. UND's mainframe computer containing payroll information
was quickly moved from Upson Hall to Fargo, even while flood waters lapped at
The UND Computer Center is responsible for processing all administrative
functions for the state higher education system, including statewide payroll.
The computer and software have been temporarily relocated to the Computer
Center at North Dakota State University in Fargo to maintain the University's
35-year plus string of never missing a payroll deadline.
It is recommended that employees with automatic deposit contact their banks to
verify that automatic deposits were made. Paychecks have been delivered to
individual departments and will be distributed as normal.
TEMPORARY HOUSING AVAILABLE
The University is providing temporary housing for faculty and staff in the UND
residence halls. Grand Forks residents may also participate in the FEMA
temporary housing relocation program by visiting with a FEMA representative at
the Grand Forks Civic Auditorium. One of the options available through FEMA is
residence hall housing.
To sign up for a room, go to Brannon Hall to check in between 9 a.m. and 6
p.m. beginning Saturday, May 10, and daily until rooms are no longer
available. Residence hall staff members will have you sign a residence hall
agreement, give you keys, and show you to your room.
No University-owned apartments are available to house faculty and staff; only
residence hall rooms are available. Brannon, West and McVey Halls contain
suites with two double bedrooms sharing a bathroom. Each room has two single
beds, two dressers, two desks and two closets. The bathroom includes shower,
sink and toilet facilities. A limited supply of bed linens is available, but
you are encouraged to supply your own. You will need to bring towels.
To assist UND employees with financial hardships, there will be no charge for
residence hall rooms through May 18. Beginning May 19, housing will cost $11
per night per person for adults, $5.50 per night for children 12 and under,
and free for children age 2 or under. Any housing or dining fees will be
billed to your University account. Due to FEMA regulations, we cannot bill
FEMA for housing expenses.
Meals will be provided in Wilkerson Hall beginning Monday, May 12. The
available meal plan is for 14 meals per week. You may eat any 14 meals during
the seven-day period. They include unlimited servings of main entrees,
vegetables, salad bar, desserts, cereal and beverages. The meal plan is
available for $9 per day for adults, $4.50 per day for children 12 and under,
and free for children age 2 and under. No cooking is allowed in the residence
halls. The Red Cross also provides meals throughout the city.
MEETINGS WILL DETAIL RECOVERY STATUS
President Baker and other University officials will conduct weekly briefings
at 9 a.m. every Wednesday in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Everyone is
welcome to attend and listen to updates on UND's flood recovery.
CHESTER FRITZ LISTS LIBRARY HOURS
Monday, May 12,and Tuesday, May 13,hours for the Chester Fritz Library will be
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Beginning Wednesday, May 14, the library will resume
regular summer hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Friday, and closed Saturday and Sunday.
For on-campus computer and Internet access, Room 10 in Upson II is available
from May 8 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Expanded hours
will be posted later. Computer and Internet access will be available at the
labs and clusters in the Memorial Union and Chester Fritz library when they
UND HOPES TO HOLD MOST SUMMER EVENTS
The University expects to hold most conferences, workshops, sports camps and
special events that have been scheduled on campus beginning in June.
Most events beginning in May, including the state track meet and Girls State,
have been moved to other locations. Some sponsors of events in June and later
may decide to postpone or cancel events, but the University is prepared to
accommodate the needs of sponsors that wish to proceed as scheduled.
WISCONSIN LIONS WILL PROVIDE FREE MEALS
The Lions Club from New Richmond, Wisc., in conjunction with the Crookston
Lions Club and the United Way Volunteer Center, will be in Greater Grand Forks
Friday through Monday to serve free meals to people from the East Grand Forks
and Grand Forks areas who have been displaced by the flood, as well as
volunteers helping with the cleanup. They will be located at the Grand Forks
Senior Citizens Center parking lot, 620 Fourth Ave. South, from Friday noon
through Monday noon. Teddy bears will also be given away to children affected
by the flood. The club has the capability to serve 10,000 free meals. Coca
Cola is providing pop, McKinnon Co. Is donating bottled water, and Hardees
International and Larson's Super Valu in Crookston are donating food supplies.
CHILDREN'S CENTER WILL OPEN MAY 12
The University Children's Center will open for child care on Monday, May 12,
and will offer child care from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Child care will be offered for children ages three through six and grades one
Registration will be held Friday, May 9, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Walk-in
registration will be accepted the week of May 12. Child care will be free for
the month of May. Beginning June 1, parents must fill out an application and
will pay the regular tuition rate of $17 per day for a full day and $11 for a
half day (7:30 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 5:30 p.m.). Full-day care includes
breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack; half-day care includes corresponding
meals. University apartment residents will pay a reduced rate of $15 per day
for full days or $9 for half days.
The Children's Center is open to both the University community and the Greater
Grand Forks community. If you have questions, please contact the Children's
Center at 777-3947. Questions about FEMA reimbursement should be directed to
FEMA at 1-800-525-0321.
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Last Updated:Wednesday, September 4, 1996
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