brisk walk through the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point can be marred by
April showers. However, often it is not the showers that burden students but
what they leave behind.
on campus a large problem in 2011 when the Lower DeBot Dining Center became
flooded. Carl Rasmussen, who works for Facility Services, explained the problem
and its solution.
the 2011 DeBot flood, the drain system was separated from discharging into the
Isadore street storm drain pipes,” Rasmussen said. “A
direct discharge pipe was installed east of DeBot, then south into a six-foot
wide storm pipe. All roof drains were re-routed to new piping with greater
capacity. Scuppers were added to the roof parapet as back-up in the event the
roof drains overload.”
also noted that having a sound building structure is not enough.
which do not anticipate certain events or chain of events are always a
possibility, thus the need for vigilance which includes short-term response
teams,” Rasmussen said.
structural integrity is very important, many students perhaps notice the large
puddles on campus and in the roads, though solutions are
quickly found. Joshua Liddle, a student at UWSP, explained the problem.
two years, there have been several huge issues with flooding. For example, the
two sidewalks that lead south from Debot were once flooded to the point that
someone was floating in an inner-tube. Also, in between the science building
and the HEC, the crosswalk used to be a pond during heavy rains,” Liddle said.
“Both of these issues have been fixed and have been fixed in a time period that
didn’t affect the students in the area. From that, I do think the university is
trying to fix the issues that arise with flooding.”
Katie Bauer, a student at UWSP, is sometimes frustrated by the
flooding, but she said for the most part it is not so bad.
wrecked some of my shoes, and I’ve gotten splashed by passing cars,” Bauer
said. “It can be kind of an inconvenience at times, but it’s not terrible.”
Messier, a student on campus, is not bothered by the flooding.
“It’s never bugged me for
the most part and doesn’t affect how I go about my business living on campus. I
actually saw some ducks in the one by Thompson the other day and thought that
was pretty cool that they were using it,” Messier said.