Wayne State Flood Preparations at the South Sioux City College Center
Published: 6-8-2011 7:25 am
Wayne State College has been working in tandem with Northeast Community College to prepare the College Center in South Sioux City for possible flooding as the Missouri River continues to force evacuations along its banks. Flood mitigation efforts have included relocation of College Center staff and classes to temporary offices, construction of a dirt berm around the perimeter of the College Center and removal of much of the equipment on the first floor of the building.
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Wayne State's campus, which is situated 45 miles from the Missouri River, is safe from the flooding. College personnel are working with volunteer organizations to coordinate efforts to assist those who live and work in the affected areas along the banks of the Missouri River.
The College Center has relocated all classes that started June 6. The majority of the classes will move to the South Sioux City Middle School and some will move to Homer Community School. Offices have relocated to South Sioux City Library at 21st and Dakota Avenue, effective at 8 a.m. June 6. This affects NECC and WSC classes.
Milo Meyer Construction Company of Wayne has built a dirt dike around the building. The earth berm structure is covered with 2,000 feet of rubber membrane and 1,500 feet of poly plastic to improve its effectiveness. The berm is 6 feet above the footing elevation and 10 to 12 feet in some areas to meet the 1,101 foot elevation goal. The berm is 30 to 35 feet wide at the base.
Chad Altwine, director of facility services at WSC, and four other maintenance staff members have put in multiple days sandbagging at the site. Furniture and artwork from the first floor has been moved to the second floor.
"We have around 4,000 sand bags placed," Altwine said. "We'll continue to work with local and federal agencies to evaluate flood elevation data."
John Dunning, chief information officer at WSC, and several Network and Technology Services staff members have relocated all first floor computers to the second floor of the building. The College Center data servers have been brought back to Wayne for safe keeping. In the event of long-term displacement from the building, the servers will be brought on line in Wayne to make data available. E-mail and the College Center Web site services have always been hosted at Wayne State so there will be no disruptions in those services.
Wayne State will keep you updated on the situation in South Sioux City. Information about joining one of many volunteer efforts can be found at http://siouxcityjournal.com/article_f34511aa-8d46-11e0-9fad-001cc4c03286.html