UPDATE: TRU Open Learning building closed for the weekend due to flooding

Flooding in the Open Learning building at Thompson Rivers University has closed the facility for the weekend.

A burst water pipe on the first floor is believed to be the cause of the flooding, which occurred during the noon hour on Friday, TRU communications manager Darshan Lindsey told KTW.

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The building was evacuated and the fire department called in.

 Floors two through four of the Open Learning building will reopen Monday. The first floor, however, will remain closed for water damage remdiation work.

"The primary damage to the building is the first floor," Lindsey said, noting there was a lot of water that flowed thorugh the area.

IT Services, a meeting room and a staff lounge are all located in that part of the building and Lindsey said its her understanding there was water damage throuout the first floor.

The university proactively shut down some of its key IT systems in response to the flooding this afternoon, but those services have all since been restatred and are operational again.

Lindsey said the university will be assessing the damage, but the situation didn't impact its data centre.
As a result of the flooding, meetings previously booked in room 127 will need to be rescheduled and front counter assistance for IT services will be located in room 1320 in Old Main for the interim.

The transit exchange outside the Open Learning building was closed during the flooding, but has now reopened, after being re-routed to the west gate exchange across from the trades building.

A hydrovac truck at the west side of the building could be seen in use when KTW attended the scene at about 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Traffic was being guided through the area and fire line tape was draped around parts of the building. Campus security could be seen outside the building.

Video posted to social media showed water had been running down the steps of the building to the road below.

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