DePaul University Emergency Plan > Disasters > Flooding

Flooding

In the event of severe flooding, the Public Safety and Facility Operations Offices should be notified. Broken water pipes, water leaks and overflowing or clogged drains that do not present an emergency situation should only be reported to Facility Operations. If flooding occurs in a residence facility, Facility Operations will notify Housing Services. If residential areas are rendered uninhabitable, Housing Services will relocate residents to other areas on campus or secure alternative temporary housing arrangements as needed.

Upon learning of severe flooding, the Public Safety Dispatcher shall dispatch personnel to investigate the problem area, in off-hour situations, before paging Facility Operations personnel. The Dispatcher shall notify Facility Operations office or staff on duty, during regular hours (7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.), of the flood condition via radio on the Facility Operations channel or phone.

Upon receiving notice from the dispatcher, Facility Operations personnel shall notify building engineers and electricians via radio/phone/or pager of the flood condition and the specific area of concern. Facility Operations personnel shall then:

  • Post signage as needed to prevent pedestrian traffic in this potentially hazardous area;
  • Ensure that any elevators in the area are relocated above the flood floor if possible;
  • Direct appropriate Facility Operations staff for clean-up once engineers/electricians have the problem under control; and
  • Remove signage from area upon completion of clean up.