Flooded Streets and Lake DeBot: Water Collects on Campus
Erik Kersting
ekers766@uwsp.edu

Even a 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.

Flooding 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.

“Since 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.”

Rasmussen also noted that having a sound building structure is not enough.

“Designs 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.

While 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.

“The past 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.

“It’s 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.”

Aaron 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.