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Water Main Break Causes Problems For Founders’ Woods


Jennifer Flores

Staff Writer

A water main break on campus caused water flow to be minimized in Founders’ Woods that left many residents inconvenienced due to lack of water in their apartments the on Sunday October 15th. Heavy rains throughout the weekend seemed to cause the water main break that left residents without water for half a day. The water flow was decreased at 3:00 P.M and was restored around 9:30 that night after the repairs were finished according to an email sent to members of the campus community.

The residents of Founders’ Woods would be inconvenienced by simple things just like Chirayath, such as not being able to do laundry, cook or even shower for most of the afternoon and evening.

“It was actually really tough and I didn’t want to spend money outside to get dinner, but we had to,” said Senior Founders’ Woods resident Feena Chirayath, “there was food in the house for me to cook with but we couldn’t [without water]. So it really sucked.”

The residents of Founders’ Woods would be inconvenienced by simple things just like Chirayath, such as not being able to do laundry, cook or even shower for most of the afternoon and evening.

A water main break on campus caused water flow to be minimized in Founders’ Woods that left many residents inconvenienced due to lack of water in their apartments the on Sunday October 15th. Photo Credit: Ben.edu

A mass email from the University was sent out during the day before the water flow was minimized, but it left many residents with little time to prepare. This weekend’s BSA Breast Cancer Awareness walk had occurred on the same day and left the residents of Founders unable to shower at their apartments by the time the event was over.

Founders’ Woods was not the only area on campus that was impacted by the heavy rains and water main break.

“Birck Hall, Neuzil Hall, Lownik Hall and the Rice Center each had water damage requiring attention,” said Marlene Levine, Executive Director of Administration & Strategic Planning, “Luckily we were able to keep a minimal water flow throughout our repairs and so did not have to completely shut off [the] water.”

The flooding not only affected the Benedictine community but also DuPage County as flooding was reported to have left many roads closed and areas of standing water in certain areas.