Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Melanie Magara, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-1681

August 24, 2007

Campus flooding prompts emergency closure

DeKalb – Due to potentially worsening flood conditions on NIU’s DeKalb campus, the university declared an emergency closure at around 10 a.m today, asking personnel not designated as essential to emergency or student services to leave campus as soon as possible. By late morning only one DeKalb bridge remained passable, and water was visible on the pavement even at that location. With additional rain forecast, travel throughout the county is likely to grow increasingly difficult as the day goes on.

Residence halls remain open and staffed, and all essential services related to student life (housing, dining, health, etc.) are available. Students are urged to exercise caution in their travels around campus and to avoid flooded areas.

Students or family members with questions or concerns should contact the office of the vice president for student affairs at (815) 753-1573.

Two major events – the Academic Convocation and Friday Fest – have been cancelled, as have two matches scheduled for tonight in the two-day NIU Invitational volleyball tournament.

Students living in the newly-constructed Northern View apartment complex on the far west campus have been moved to temporary quarters in residence halls and the Holmes Student Center.

Overnight flooding brought Red Cross officials to the NIU campus to assess temporary housing opportunities for area flood victims. Approximately 40 local residents were temporarily housed in NIU's Campus Recreation Center before being moved to a Red Cross shelter established at the DeKalb Park District's Sports and Recreation Center at 1765 South Fourth Street.

Various areas of the campus are flooded, particularly those closest to the Kishwaukee River. A handful of buildings across campus have experienced minor basement flooding; a more serious concern remains the flood-related shut-down of a power substation serving a large portion of the east campus and the closure of bridges on Castle Drive, Lincoln Highway and Lucinda Avenue.

Flooding did not affect NIU’s regional centers in Rockford, Naperville and Hoffman Estates; those centers remain open and staffed as usual.

Updates will be provided as soon as new information becomes available; all interested parties are urged to refer to the main NIU website ( for the latest information on campus flood status.