BOULDER - Flash flooding has forced the University of Colorado-Boulder to cancel classes Friday. CU had canceled classes Thursday after 25 percent of buildings sustained water damage.
Residence halls with flooding damage on the ground floor include a few units in Reed and Crosman Halls. Those residents have been relocated to other units within the same buildings.
As a precautionary measure, residents in Faculty/Staff Court, Athens Court and ground floor units in Newton Court were evacuated Wednesday evening. The evacuations affected 234 units, displacing approximately 400 to 500 CU graduate students, faculty, staff and their families. It is not yet known when residents will be able to return to the complex.
They are asking all other residents to shelter in place.
CU is reporting some water damage in research labs #2 and #4. The Norlin Library, the theatre, engineering and two residence halls - Stearns and Darley - also have some water damage.
CU police officers have been checking building exteriors looking for safety hazards.
Assessments of damage have been ongoing throughout the evening and will continue into the morning hours. The CU-Boulder leadership will evaluate re-opening the campus after the impact of the storm on campus infrastructure has been fully assessed.
Initial assessments indicate that most of the water damage is minor, though it may take several days to dry out areas with fans.
Once damage is fully assessed, Chancellor DiStefano and his cabinet will make a determination on whether campus will be open on Friday.
One person was injured on campus due to the flooding. A person that was playing slip and slide on Farrand Field and broke an ankle, according to a CU-Boulder spokesperson.