Flooding hits Judson, shuts a U46 school, delays buses
By Emily McFarlan Miller firstname.lastname@example.org April 18, 2013 1:28PM
A school security officer walks Thursday near a flooded area of Judson University campus along where Tyler Creek runs through the campus. | Courtesy Judson University
Updated: May 20, 2013 7:52PM
ELGIN — The phones were down and the creek was up Thursday morning on the hilly campus of Judson University in Elgin, where spokesperson Mary Dulabaum said, “We think the flooding is worse than in 2007.”
Six years ago, the start of the school year had been delayed in August by flooding on the university campus, 1151 N. State St., Dulabaum said.
But classes still were being held Thursday.
“Our students already are here. It’s just managing safety and making sure they can get to class,” she said.
That came even as all sidewalks and roads from the main part of Judson’s campus to Volkman Hall were under water as Tyler Creek continued to rise, according to the emergency information page on the Judson website.
By 11 a.m., Volkman had become “sort of an island all by itself” surrounded by the floodwaters, Dulabaum said, adding “It’s only going to get higher.”
Rising water around the Tyler Creek bridge closed Judson Drive between the Campus Apartments and Volkman, and the university was arranging a shuttle service for students at Volkman, it said. At least one parking lot also was closed.
AT&T is working on the phone system, but workers did not give a time it might be fixed, according to the website.
“Rain & floods caused some chaos in U-46! I closed Eastview MS today. I appreciate staff who ensured that we are ‘open for business’ ASAP,” Elgin School District U46 Superintendent Jose Torres tweeted just after noon Thursday.
Eastview Middle School in Bartlett was closed before the school day started Thursday because of a sewer backup, according to U46 spokesman Pat Mogge. Parents were notified at about 8:15 a.m., Mogge said.
That, in turn, will affect lunches Friday at elementary schools across the district, because food is prepped at Eastview, he said. Those students instead will be served cold lunches, he said.
The Elgin school district warned parents in its Facebook group Thursday to expect transportation delays that afternoon because of road closings.
It also was working with police to redirect traffic and make sure there is access to Elgin High School, in an area where some roads had become “impassable,” Mogge said.
Any after-school activity cancellations were left up to individual schools as of early Thursday afternoon, he added.