Campus Readies for Return to Normal Operations Following Severe Winter Storm
Classes at DePauw remain canceled through tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7, due to a dangerous winter storm, but the University is making preparations to return to normal operations. DePauw's Office of Public Safety will officially lift the Severe Weather Emergency, which was announced early Sunday afternoon, effective 11 p.m. Tuesday evening.
(Media-Newswire.com) - Classes at DePauw remain canceled through tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7, due to a dangerous winter storm, but the University is making preparations to return to normal operations. DePauw's Office of Public Safety will officially lift the Severe Weather Emergency, which was announced early Sunday afternoon, effective 11 p.m. Tuesday evening. At such time, staff members who can safely report to work are expected to do so as their scheduled shifts begin.
The storm dumped a foot of snow on the DePauw campus yesterday, followed by windy conditions and bitter temperatures. Today's low temperature has been -12 degrees and wind chills have been in the -40 range. Blowing and drifting snow and the dangerous cold have led Indiana State Police to urge people to stay off the streets today, and a number of key roads have been closed. Putnam County remains under a level 1 emergency designation through at least noon tomorrow, meaning non-emergency vehicles should stay off the roads.
A warm up will begin tomorrow, with the high temperature reaching 13 degrees. Get the latest forecast here.
Campus life will begin returning to normal on Tuesday morning, as the Lilly Center will reopen for recreational use at 10 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. Food service will also resume operations on a more regular schedule tomorrow. For Monday night, dining services hours are as follows: dinner is available in the Hub from 5-7 p.m.; the C-Store in Longden Hall will remain open until 9 p.m this evening.
"We continue to urge those who leave their living units to dress for the bitter conditions and to limit their time outdoors to 10 minutes or so," advises Angie Battin, director of public safety at DePauw. "Today is the coldest day we've experienced in 20 years, and the temperatures combined with the wind create very dangerous conditions. Err on the side of caution, and if you must be outdoors, bundle up and keep it quick."
Employees planning to return to work are also advised to dress warmly and use good judgment in determining their ability to safely return to work. Please speak with your supervisor should you have specific questions or concerns.
Facilities management personnel have been working since Sunday afternoon to clear pathways around campus. Most parking lots are now cleared, with the exception of Blackstock Stadium.LGL & CH 2 14 12 snow 6
"Our crews have put in some long hours in some very trying conditions," notes Dick Vance, associate vice president for facilities management. "Their excellent work has kept the campus operating during a major storm and makes it possible for us to resume regular operations as we plan."
Students with travel questions or concerns are advised to call the Office of Student Life at ( 765 ) 658-4270. All other inquiries, questions, or concerns should be directed to the Office of Public Safety at ( 765 ) 658-4261.
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