TRU building's first floor remains shuttered after flood

It will likely be a month before the first floor of the Open Learning building at Thompson Rivers University can reopen after a burst pipe flooded the ground level nearly two weeks ago.

“Access to the first floor remains restricted due to ongoing restoration work, which has involved removal of flooring, furniture, and any drywall that was exposed to water,” TRU communications manager Darshan Lindsay told KTW.

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Lindsay said it will be three to four weeks before the renovations are completed and the first floor can be reopened.

The estimated cost of the water damage is not available at this time, she said.

A meeting room, IT Services and a staff lounge are all located on the first floor.

The IT Services server room, which is on the first floor, did not sustain damage, Lindsay said.

IT Services, however, has been temporarily relocated on campus.

The flooding began at about noon on Jan. 11. Water could be seen rushing down the front steps outside the building at the time and a hydrovac truck could be seen in use at the west side of the building at about 2 p.m. as traffic was guided through the area.

Front counter assistance for IT services will be located in room 1320 in Old Main.

Floors two through four reopened the weekend followiung the flood.

The flooding was caused by a malfunctioning pressure-reducing valve that led to excess water pressure.

Lindsay said the pipe has since been repaired.

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