Campus Remains Open; Weather Impact on Campus and Road Conditions

Dear Saint Mary's Community,

Recent storms across California have had widespread impacts, both on campus and in the surrounding communities. Our Facilities Services, Campus Housing/Residential Experience, and Public Safety teams have been hard at work in recent days as they try to mitigate the impact of these weather events as well as prepare for more rain that is forecasted for the remainder of the week.

Campus remains open, and with January Term beginning on Tuesday, here are updates on what we have been diligently working to address and public safety reminders as we welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus.

Facilities Services: Impacted Buildings

Severe weather has caused an unprecedented amount of water flow on campus. Unfortunately, the debris contained in the runoff caused several storm drains across campus to back up and overflow into buildings. The Facilities Services team has been working around the clock to assess damage as well as remove any standing water in these areas. We are also working with outside contractors to supplement the critical repair work needed to mitigate further damages.  

At this time the following buildings have been impacted by the weather.

  • Justin Hall: First Floor
  • Dante Hall: Basement
  • De La Salle Hall: Sections of Second, Third, & Fourth Floor Areas/Rooms 
  • Assumption Hall: Public Safety Office 
  • Filippi Administration Hall: Garden Level 

During rain storms, drainage culverts may experience a sudden rise in water level. In some extreme cases water may cross over the walking path. Please avoid the use of flooded walkways. 

In the event of an emergency, please call Public Safety 24/7 at (925) 631-4282.

For non-emergency questions, you are welcome to contact Facilities Services Monday - Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm at (925) 631-4286.

Campus Housing/Residential Experience: Support and Assistance

Campus Housing/Residential Experience has taken proactive steps to communicate with a small group of residents who have been impacted by rain-related damage in their rooms. As residents return to campus, they should immediately contact Public Safety (925-631-4282) if they encounter any rain-related issues in their room. With additional coming storms, residents are asked to be sure their windows remain closed, not to prop open any exterior doors, and to limit your driving during storms. When outdoors, please be aware of water runoff from the hills, rising water levels in creeks, and potentially flooded parking lots. If you live off campus and are in need of temporary housing, please contact Campus Housing for assistance at (925) 631-4241. 

Public Safety: Stay Up To Date on Road Conditions 

As road conditions can change rapidly during a rainstorm, we advise people to stay tuned to local news agencies for the most up-to-date information regarding weather and traffic conditions. 

If you are driving to campus, beware of standing water on streets. Tires lose traction when driving through standing water, so drive slowly and safely. Also beware of mudslides that could occur on the hills on and around campus, debris, fallen trees, branches, power lines, etc. and sinkholes. Expect delays and please give yourself plenty of time if traveling.

Remember to download the LiveSafe app and subscribe to Saint Mary’s College of California for campus emergency notifications and alerts.

Regards,

Francisco Chavez, Chief Information Officer and Interim Vice President for Facilities Services
Jim Sciuto, Interim Dean of Students
Aaron Gibson, Interim Executive Director for Public Safety and Transportation

*Sent on behalf of the Saint Mary's Action and Response Team (SMART)