Burst water pipe causes flooding at North Quad on University of Michigan campus
Courtesy of Keya Patel
Editor's note: Update: Officials are now reporting there were 32 students displaced. According to original reports, it was believed 100 students were displaced by the flooding.
- For an updated story, see University of Michigan's North Quad up and running 5 days after flood
A broken water pipe spilled water throughout the North Quadrangle dormitory Thursday morning and University of Michigan officials are still determining the extent of the damage.
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“The water drains down and a lot of water was released before they were able to get the pumps turned off,” she said.
The residence tower was closed and classes in the building were canceled Thursday.
Water pipe broken at North Quad.Residential tower is closed. Classes cancelled at North Quad.— umichpolice (@umichpolice) March 28, 2013
University of Michigan Plant Operations and other crews were at the residence hall, 105 S. State St., Thursday morning to clean up the building and determine what caused the burst pipe.
It’s unknown exactly what caused the pipe to break at this point. Brown said it’s unlikely that the pipe was broken by a person in the stairwell.
“(Residents) are not typically rambunctious on a Thursday morning,” she said.
Brown said students' rooms may have been affected by the flooding but the extent of the damage wasn’t clear as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Jeff MacKie-Mason, dean of the U-M School of Information, sent an email to the school community stating The Ehrlicher Room in North Quad sustained major damage in the flooding.
"We will not be able to use it for some time, perhaps several month (the ceilings may need to be replaced, walls may need repair, the carpet and our extensive electronics equipment may need replacement)," MacKie-Mason wrote in the email.
Brown said more information on the flooding should be released later Thursday.