Weather related announcements and updates

Look to this page for current updates during weather events.

October 14, 2015 - 5:40 p.m.

UPDATE: Water advisory 

With the repeal of the City of Columbia’s boil water advisory, please note that university facilities staff is still in the process of purging water lines in campus buildings in order to ensure water is safe to use. In the meantime, please continue to use bottled or boiled water and do not remove any bags or signage placed on water fountains, sinks or eyewash stations. Purging the water lines involves clearing pipes of sediment that can cause the water to become temporarily discolored. Facilities staff will remove the bags and signs from water fountains once the facility has been appropriately purged.

Housing staff is communicating with students the specific processes they need to follow to purge their rooms.

If you have concerns about water quality or notice continuously discolored or malodorous water on campus, please email facilities at FMCNotify@fmc.sc.edu or 803-777-WORK (9675).

Off campus residents are advised to follow the city guidelines and flush both interior and exterior faucets, showers, water and ice dispensers before using.

  • To flush your faucets, turn on the cold water tap at all faucets and run the water until you feel a change in temperature (the water gets noticeably colder). This may take several minutes. Begin with the faucet that is highest up in your home (for example, a faucet on the highest floor of a multilevel home) and continue to run while opening the other faucets one at a time, moving from the highest floor to the lowest floor.
  • For hot water faucets, change all faucets to hot water and flush for a minimum of 15 minutes for a typical household 40-gallon hot-water tank, 30 minutes for an 80-gallon hot water tank or larger. Hot water is then safe to use for washing hands, and for hand-washing of dishes, pots and pans, etc. Never use water from the "hot" faucet for drinking, cooking, or other internal-consumption purposes.
  • Automatic ice dispensers should be emptied of ice made during the boil advisory and run through a 24-hour cycle, discarding the ice to assure purging of the ice-maker water supply line. Bins should be thoroughly cleaned before use.
  • Water dispensers from refrigerators should be flushed by at least one quart of water and their filters replaced.
  • Dishwashers: After flushing hot water pipes and water heater, run dishwasher empty one time.

 

October 14, 2015 - 1:30 p.m.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Boil Water Advisory

In anticipation of the City of Columbia lifting the boil water advisory, students, faculty and staff are instructed to please refrain from using campus water fountains and non-boiled tap water until further notice. In the meantime, please continue to use bottled or boiled water. As soon as the city advisory is lifted, university maintenance teams will begin purging water lines in buildings throughout campus to ensure water is safe to drink. Your patience and cooperation during this process is appreciated.

Off campus residents are advised to follow the city guidelines and flush both interior and exterior faucets, showers, water and ice dispensers before using.

  • To flush your faucets, turn on the cold water tap at all faucets and run the water until you feel a change in temperature (the water gets noticeably colder). This may take several minutes. Begin with the faucet that is highest up in your home (for example, a faucet on the highest floor of a multilevel home) and continue to run while opening the other faucets one at a time, moving from the highest floor to the lowest floor.
  • Automatic ice dispensers should be emptied of ice made during the boil advisory and run through a 24-hour cycle, discarding the ice to assure purging of the ice-maker water supply line. Bins should be thoroughly cleaned before use.
  • Water dispensers from refrigerators should be flushed by at least one quart of water and their filters replaced.

 

October 11, 2015 - noon

Columbia campus will resume classes Monday, Oct. 12

The University will resume all classes on the Columbia campus Monday, Oct. 12—even if Richland County Government remains closed. The governor’s office has granted state agencies an exemption to the policy that requires adherence to the delay and closing determinations of county governments.

While there has been a great deal of tragedy around the Columbia campus—including in our Carolina family—on the whole the campus has been fortunate with no significant damage. Water service has been restored, yet the campus remains under a boil water advisory. The Columbia campus is prepared to resume full academic operations, student services and recreational activities; provide safe housing, health services and limited but safe foodservice; and, distribute bottled water to our Carolina family.

Road conditions continue to be hazardous in parts of the Midlands, so as always, members of the Carolina family are encouraged to use caution when walking or driving to, in or around campus. Always obey all emergency personnel, signs, caution tape, etc. Please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.

If you are unable to safely report to work, please contact your supervisor to make appropriate arrangements.

 


October 9, 2015 — 3:30 p.m.

We're Ready, Welcome Back! - A Message from President Pastides 

Open letter to the Carolina family on October 9, 2015, President Pastides welcomes the students back to campus and ensures the university is ready for their return. 


October 9, 2015 — 2 p.m.

Weather Update – On-campus classes cancelled Saturday, Oct. 10

Due to conditions around Columbia and the Midlands caused by heavy rain and flooding Columbia on-campus classes are cancelled Saturday, Oct. 10. Online and offsite classes will be held at the discretion of the instructor.

The University is planning to resume all classes on the Columbia campus Monday, Oct. 12—barring any unforeseen circumstances. 

However, as a state agency, the University must follow the delay and closing determinations of Richland County Government. (Please note this is not Richland County school districts.) Changes in environmental conditions and/or infrastructure recovery could impact County or University operations. Therefore, University officials will continue to monitor the situation and its potential effects on operations and remain in communication with Richland County Government regarding decisions on further delays or closings.


October 8, 2015 — 5:30 p.m.

Weather Update – Columbia campus planning to resume classes Monday, Oct. 12

The University is planning to resume all classes on the Columbia campus Monday, Oct. 12—barring any unforeseen circumstances. 

However, as a state agency, the University must follow the delay and closing determinations of Richland County Government. (Please note this is not Richland County school districts.) Changes in environmental conditions and/or infrastructure recovery could impact County or University operations. Therefore, University officials will continue to monitor the situation and its potential effects on operations and remain in communication with Richland County Government regarding decisions on further delays or closings.

While there has been a great deal of tragedy around the Columbia campus—including in our Carolina family—on the whole the campus has been fortunate with no significant damage. Water service has been restored, yet the campus remains under a boil water advisory. The Columbia campus is prepared to resume full academic operations, student services and recreational activities; provide safe housing, health services and limited but safe foodservice; and, distribute bottled water to our Carolina family.

More information will be forthcoming Friday. Please watch for updates.


 

October 8, 2015 — 2 p.m.

Weather Update – Columbia campus closed Friday, Oct. 9

Richland County has announced that government offices will be closed on Friday, Oct. 9. As a state agency, the University must follow the delay and closing determinations of Richland County Government. Therefore, the Columbia campus will be closed on Friday, only essential personnel should report to work.

Closure is due to conditions around Columbia and the Midlands caused by heavy rain and flooding.

Road conditions continue to be hazardous, so as always, members of the Carolina family are encouraged to use caution when walking or driving to, in or around campus. Always obey all emergency personnel, signs, caution tape, etc. Please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. 

University officials will continue to monitor the weather and its potential effects on operations and remain in communication with Richland County Government regarding decisions on further delays or closings.


October 7, 2015 — 9:15 p.m.

Weather Update – Columbia campus closed Thursday, Oct. 8

Richland County has announced that government offices will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 8. As a state agency, the university must follow the delay and closing determinations of Richland County Government. Therefore, the Columbia campus will be closed on Thursday. Only essential personnel should report to work.

Closure is due to conditions around Columbia and the Midlands caused by heavy rain and flooding.

Road conditions continue to be hazardous, so as always, members of the Carolina family are encouraged to use caution when walking or driving to, in or around campus. Always obey all emergency personnel, signs, caution tape, etc. Please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.

University officials will continue to monitor the weather and its potential effects on operations and remain in communication with Richland County Government regarding decisions on further delays or closings.


 

October 6, 2015 — midnight

Weather Update – Student services and what’s open on campus Oct. 7-9

The campus will reopen for faculty and staff on Wednesday, Oct. 7— classes remain cancelled through Friday, Oct. 9. As always, the safety of our community is our primary concern, and road conditions continue to be hazardous. Employees are using extreme caution and taking necessary steps to ensure their safety and that of their families. In addition, we remain under a boil water advisory. As such, essential and other services will be offered but may continue to be limited.

These services are available to all students who chose to remain in Columbia — those who live both on and off campus:

  • Bottled water distribution
  • Food service at Honeycomb Café, Bates Café, Grand Market Place and others
  • Thomson Student Health Center
  • Counseling Center in Byrnes
  • Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center
  • Thomas Cooper Library
  • Student Success Center
  • Activities and entertainment in the Russell House
  • Portable toilets at residence halls, Russell House and Greek Village

Find more details and updates about on campus services

Find information about water distribution and other services off campus

Find information about volunteering for the recovery efforts


 

October 6, 2015 — 7:30 p.m.

Weather Update – Campus reopens for faculty, staff Wednesday, Oct. 7

Richland County has announced that government offices will reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 7. As a state agency, the University must follow the delay and closing determinations of Richland County Government.

Road conditions continue to be hazardous, so as always, members of the Carolina family are encouraged to use caution when walking or driving to, in or around campus. Always obey all emergency personnel, signs, caution tape, etc. Please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.

If you are unable to safely report to work, please contact your supervisor to make appropriate arrangements.

Classes remain cancelled through Friday, Oct. 9.


 

October 6, 2015 — 7:15 p.m.

Weather Update – (Monday, Oct. 6 - 7:15 p.m.) An update from President Pastides

Carolina students and families:

I hope this email finds you all tonight a bit more comforted with some confidence in the activities of the coming days. As you no doubt are aware, earlier today we made the very difficult decision to cancel classes on the Columbia campus through Friday, Oct. 9.

As I told you last night, this decision could not be made lightly. A great deal of thought and planning, consultation with state and local officials and, I’m not afraid to tell you, a bit of hand wringing occurred before we decided to move forward.

We are confident this is the right decision and in the best interest of our students and the local community. Resuming normal operations for 34,000 students and 6,000 faculty and staff at this time would have placed an undue burden on the region’s recovering infrastructure. That number of individuals coming to the city center at this time would hinder the recovery efforts.

Furthermore, while city water service has been restored to campus, there is no certainty that it will remain constant, available and safe. We remain under a boil water advisory which impacts our ability to provide food service and other essential services to a fully operational campus.

Families, please be sure to ask your student what his or her plans are for the coming days. And students, you might head that question off and give them a call with your intentions. Regardless, your safety is of utmost importance.

If you choose to leave Columbia: travel in daylight and be extremely cautious—road conditions in many places are hazardous; consider taking a friend or roommate with you; and, if you are an on-campus resident, please check out with your RM. For those who stay, we will continue to house and feed our on-campus population.

With a smaller student population expected in town, it will be easier for us to provide essential and other services. Therefore, the following will be offered to ALL students tomorrow and the remainder of the week—those who live both on and off campus:

  • Bottled water distribution
  • Food service at Honeycomb Café, Bates Café and others
  • Thomson Student Health Center
  • Counseling Center in Byrnes
  • Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center
  • Thomas Cooper Library
  • Student Success Center
  • Activities and entertainment in the Russell House
  • Portable toilets at residence halls, Russell House and Greek Village

I know there are many questions about classes and coursework. The provost’s office is working with deans, department chairs and faculty members to find flexible and creative ways to make up for lost classroom time. There will be regular communication with you from faculty about academic expectations. Students, please understand that work must be made up and please be prepared to do so. You may welcome these couple of days for the opportunity to catch up or get ahead.

We’ve extended the drop-add deadline for students who need to change their class schedule. Also, I am happy to report that it is our intention to adhere to the planned academic calendar, including fall break.

Of course, the recovery continues around us. If you are in Columbia over the next several days I recommend using some of your time to volunteer in the relief effort. We’ve had more than 2,700 students sign up to volunteer so far and there is always a need for more. There has been a great deal of tragedy around us—including in our Carolina family—but on the whole our campus has been fortunate. We truly have the support of a large and engaged family. Please keep our state and those negatively impacted by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers. Stay safe over the coming days and we’ll see you soon.


 

October 6, 2015 — 12 p.m.

Weather Update – Classes cancelled through Friday, Oct. 9

Due to conditions around Columbia and the Midlands caused by heavy rain and flooding, all classes on the Columbia campus are cancelled through Friday, Oct. 9.

University officials have spent the last several days consulting with state and local officials as well as outside experts assessing the situation. At this time, we have determined it is in the best interest of our students and the local community to cancel classes for the rest of the week. Resuming normal operations for 34,000 students and 6,000 faculty and staff at this time will place an undue burden on a recovering infrastructure in the city. That number of individuals coming to the city center at this time would hinder the recovery efforts. 

While city water service has been restored to campus, there is no certainty that it will remain constant, available and safe. We are in a boil water advisory which impacts our ability to provide food service and other essential services to a fully operational campus.

 

For those who choose to leave Columbia

Whether you live on or off campus, you may choose to leave Columbia for your own comfort and while services return to normal. If you decide to leave, the university strongly encourages you to:

  • Tell your family where you are going. The university encourages you to go home and visit your family or another safe location.
  • Travel in daylight, obey relevant curfews and be extremely cautious. Road conditions are hazardous.
  • Check traffic information and road closures, and plan your route before you leave Columbia:
  • Consider inviting a roommate and/or friend who may not be able to travel on short notice to come with you.
  • If you live on campus, see your RM (resident mentor) to check out before you leave.
 

For those who choose to stay in Columbia

If you choose to remain in Columbia – whether you live on campus or off – the following information will help you remain comfortable and safe during Columbia’s recovery. First, please be aware of the possibility of further citywide curfews.

On-campus residents
USC is able to continue housing and feeding our on-campus population and to provide essential services to any students who are not able to relocate for the week.

Essential services

  • Bottled water distribution
  • Food service at Honeycomb Café, Bates Café and others
  • Thomson Student Health Center
  • Counseling Center in Byrnes
  • Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center
  • Activities and entertainment in the Russell House
  • Portable toilets at residence halls, Russell House and Greek Village

Transportation for volunteers
We are organizing transportation to support volunteers for local relief efforts. More information will be provided as details become available.

Academic services
Finally, we anticipate the Thomas Cooper Library, Student Success Center and Career Center re-opening during the week. Updates provided at www.sc.edu/weather.

If you live on campus and plan to remain in your residence hall, notify your RM (resident mentor). 

Off-campus residents
For those students who live off-campus, we will continue to provide updates about community resources at uof.sc/offcampusresources and www.sc.edu/weather.

If you are able to come to campus you will be able to make use of the resources and activities here. Please be aware of the hazardous travel conditions around Columbia and the Midlands. Should you choose to be on the roads, please use extreme caution.

 

Academics/Classes Update

The provost is working with deans, department chairs and faculty members to find flexible and creative ways to make up for lost classroom time. Students should be aware that work must be made up and be prepared to do so. It is the university’s intention to adhere to the planned academic calendar, including fall break.

 

Faculty and Staff

Decisions about full campus operations for faculty and staff will be made as we are able. As a state agency, the University must follow the delay and closing determinations of Richland County Government. (Please note this is not Richland County school districts.) 

University officials will continue to monitor the weather and its potential effects on operations and remain in communication with Richland County Government regarding decisions on further delays or closings.

Weather and road conditions continue to be hazardous, so as always, members of the Carolina family are encouraged to use caution when walking or driving to, in or around campus. Always obey all emergency personnel, signs, caution tape, etc. Please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.


 

October 5, 2015 — 10:00 p.m.

Weather Update – Student services and what’s open on campus Tuesday, Oct. 6

Russell House will open 8 a.m. for water distribution and student activities (schedule below). Open until citywide curfew or midnight. Bookstore opens at 9 a.m.

Water Distribution- begins at 8 a.m.

  • Russell House
  • Greek Village
  • Additional water purification resources are expected in the afternoon

Health & Wellness
Thomson Student Health Center- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Counseling Center- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center- 10 a.m. to citywide curfew or midnight

Food Service
Honeycomb Café- 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m.
Bates Café- 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m.
Gibbes Court for grab & go sandwiches- 11 a.m.
Russell House for grab & go sandwiches- 11 a.m.

Student Success Center
Online Tutoring - 8 - 11 p.m., http://www.sc.edu/success/onlinetutoring.html

Russell House Activity Schedule
RH Ballroom AB
8 a.m. -  Breakfast and SportsCenter on the Big Screens
1 - 3 p.m. - “Hurricane Joaquin Can’t Stop This” Dance Party
4 p.m. - Netflix Marathon:  ‘FRIENDS’

RH Ballroom C
2 - 4 p.m. - PAINT IT! Paint your own fall canvas to decorate your room

RH Theater
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Netflix Marathon:  ‘FRIENDS’
4 p.m. until close: Movies

  • 4 p.m. - Bourne Supremacy
  • 6 p.m. - Step Brothers

 2nd floor Lobby ALL DAY
Board games
Water distribution
Sign a thank you banner for local heroes
Corn Hole

1st floor desk
Water distribution
Sign a thank you banner for local heroes

Golden Spur Gameroom
12 - 7 p.m. - Free play for all  activities

Leadership and Service Center, 2nd floor
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Leadership and GAMING Center
Xbox One, PS4 and Wii


 

October 5, 2015 — 6:45 p.m.

Weather Update – (Monday, Oct. 5 - 6:45 p.m.) A message from President Pastides

Carolina Family:

The last 72 hours have been trying ones for our state, including our university. As we have in the past—indeed in very recent memory—we have demonstrated our resilience and compassion. South Carolinians and our USC community among them have rallied to support one another, provide aid and comfort and give of ourselves to those less fortunate. In fact, many of our students, faculty and staff have demonstrated that since Saturday. Students have volunteered at local relief efforts and our own staff have worked tirelessly to make campus as safe as possible for our on-campus residents.

The reality is we’ve also had members of our Carolina family and the surrounding community severely impacted. Several lives have been lost. Many have lost homes, cars and belongings. Our thoughts and prayers are with those families tonight as we count our own blessings. Our campus escaped serious damage and despite a night without water, we’ve remained safe.

Sunday and early today USC was in response mode. Our students, faculty and staff helped our community by staying off the roads and sheltering others when they could. People remained calm and assembled the supplies they needed for a temporary situation. We have accessed approximately 100,000 bottles of water that have been, and will continue to be, distributed to students. About 170 portable restrooms have been deployed around campus. Water pressure has been restored to most of the campus but we remain under a boil advisory. Unfortunately, at this moment we cannot be sure that there will be no further interruptions.

As you know, we’ve encouraged our students to remain on campus and cancelled classes today and tomorrow. We believe this was in the best interest of their safety given the hazardous road conditions that have made travel dangerous. State and local law enforcement have also encouraged people to stay off the roads.

Our senior leadership is in constant communication with state and local officials and tomorrow will be a day for additional important decisions. We must determine if we are able to resume classes on Wednesday or if it’s in the community’s best interest to cancel classes for the week. There is a lot that goes into this decision and it will not be made lightly. We must reasonably have answers to these questions: will there be reliable and consistent water service; can we safely and securely house on-campus students; can we provide safe and sufficient food service; can we bring all students to campus for class safely given road conditions; will the city and campus infrastructure support our 34,000 students and 6,000 faculty and staff; and, what disruption to the academic and learning environment will our decision make?

Finally, it’s important to recognize there is also a difference between holding classes and opening campus for faculty and staff. As a state agency, the university follows the delay and closing determinations of Richland County Government.

Through the evening and early morning hours we will continue to be in touch with state and local officials and other experts. It is our intention to notify the campus tomorrow morning of our decision for the remainder of the week.

Tonight, please keep those who have lost so much in your thoughts and prayers. For those students on campus, take advantage of our dining services and water distribution available until 7 p.m. Then, for those that can, let’s head indoors, stay safe and stay warm.


 

October 5, 2015 — 4:00 p.m.

Weather Update – (Monday, Oct. 5 - 4 p.m.) Water and curfew update

City water service has been restored to most of campus—perhaps temporarily. However, there may be intermittent periods where water is unavailable. The city is still instructing all of its water customers to vigorously boil their water for at least one minute prior to drinking or cooking. This does apply to the Columbia campus. Students are encouraged to use common area stoves and microwaves in the residence halls to boil water.

 On campus bottled water distribution (3 bottles per person) until 7 pm:

  • Russell House
  • Bates West
  • Greek Village

Off campus bottled water distribution (for updates follow  Richland County on Facebook): 

  • Columbia Convention Center - 1100 Lincoln Street
  • Walmart- 5420 Forest Drive
  • Lower Richland High School-2615 Lower Richland Boulevard
  • Landmark Square– 3700 Landmark Road
  • Sites will be open from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday
  • The centers will be open again at Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Two additional sites are expected to open Tuesday at Dutch Square Mall and the Midlands Shopping Center.
  • The university encourages students to visit these sites only if they are nearby and can safely travel.

Also, please be aware there is a mandatory citywide curfew in effect from 7 p.m. Monday evening until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. Off-campus students should stay in your houses and off the roads. Students living in on-campus residence halls should remain on campus and move about only for food and water. Otherwise, please stay inside and stay safe. If you have a medical or other emergency: on-campus students please call 911. 


 

October 5, 2015 — 3:15 p.m.

Weather Update – (Monday, Oct. 5 at 3:15 p.m.) - Columbia campus closed Tuesday

 Due to conditions around Columbia and the Midlands caused by heavy rain and flooding the Columbia campus will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 6 and all classes are cancelled. The University of South Carolina is encouraging students, faculty, staff and visitors to stay at home and stay inside.

Only essential personnel should report to campus Tuesday, Oct. 6.

As always, members of the Carolina family are encouraged to use caution when walking or driving to, in or around campus. Always obey all emergency personnel signs, caution tape, etc. Please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.

As a state agency, the University must follow the delay and closing determinations of Richland County Government. (Please note this is not Richland County school districts.) 

University officials will continue to monitor the weather and its potential effects on operations and remain in communication with Richland County Government regarding decisions on further delays or closings.


 

October 5, 2015 — noon

Weather Update – (Monday, Oct. 5 at noon) - All Tuesday classes cancelled

Due to conditions around Columbia and the Midlands caused by heavy rain and flooding, all classes on the Columbia campus are cancelled Tuesday, Oct. 6. At this time the campus will be open on Tuesday, Oct. 6 for faculty and staff.

As a state agency, the University follows the delay and closing determinations of Richland County Government. (Please note this is not Richland County school districts.) We will make that announcement once we receive guidance from Richland County.

As always, members of the Carolina family are encouraged to use caution when walking or driving to, in or around campus. Always obey all emergency personnel signs, caution tape, etc. Please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.

University officials will continue to monitor the situation and its potential effects on operations and remain in communication with Richland County Government regarding decisions on further delays or closings.


 

October 5, 2015 — 9:30 a.m.

Weather Update – (Monday, Oct. 5) - Water and food service

There are reports that some city water service has been restored to parts campus—at least temporarily. There may be intermittent periods where water is available.

The city is still instructing all of its water customers to vigorously boil their water for at least one minute prior to drinking or cooking. This does apply to the Columbia campus. Students are encouraged to use common area stoves and microwaves in the residence halls to boil water.

  • Student Health Center is open today, Monday, Oct. 4 until 5 p.m. and will be open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
  • The Counseling Center (7th Floor Byrnes Building) is open today, Monday, Oct. 4 until 5 p.m.
  • Bottled water is being delivered to Russell House and Bates West this morning and students will be able to pick up water from there.
  • Portable restrooms have been delivered to residence halls, Greek Village and Russell House.
  • Food service is available at:
    • Honeycomb Café
    • Bates Diner beginning at 8 a.m. today (Monday).
    • Gibbes Court Bistro

We will provide more updates as they become available.


 

October 4, 2015 — 9:30 p.m.

Weather Update – (Sunday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ) Off-campus resources  

For those members of the Gamecock community off-campus tonight—students, faculty and staff—here is some info about off-campus resources for non-emergency assistance:

  • American Red Cross, 843-764-2323
  • United Way of the Midlands, call 2-1-1

The City of Columbia’s non-emergency number is 803-252-2911. For life threatening emergencies call 9-1-1. 

More info as it becomes available.

October 4, 2015 — 7:30 p.m.


 

Weather Update (Sunday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.) - Water service update 

Areas of Columbia, including the university campus, have lost city water service. A bottled water delivery is expected tomorrow and we are in touch with city officials about restoring water service to campus. Portable restroom facilities are being delivered to campus as well for residence halls. 

Please remember the state is in the midst of a natural disaster and university officials are working around the clock to care for our community—with a priority on life safety and essential services.

As we work to resolve this situation, it is important that students stay off the roads and obey the city curfew. We are fortunate that our residence halls are on high ground and have not sustained any serious damage. Please stay inside and stay safe.

We will provide updates as they become available throughout the evening.


 

October 4, 2015 — 5 p.m.

Weather Update (Sunday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m.) - Boiled water advisory and citywide curfew

Please be aware that the City of Columbia Water Works advises all of its water customers to vigorously boil their water for at least one minute prior to drinking or cooking. This does apply to the Columbia campus. Students are encouraged to use common area stoves and microwaves in the residence halls to boil water.

Also, please be aware there is a citywide curfew in effect from 6 p.m. Sunday evening until 6 a.m. Monday morning. Off-campus students should stay in your houses and off the roads. Students living in on-campus residence halls should remain on campus and move about only for food and water. Otherwise, please stay inside and stay safe. All students, if you have a medical or other emergency, on-campus students, please call the USC Police Department at 803-777-4215 and off-campus students, please call 911. 

Campus will be closed Monday, Oct. 5 and all classes are cancelled. The University of South Carolina is encouraging students, faculty, staff and visitors to stay at home and stay inside.

Only essential personnel should report to campus on Monday, Oct. 5.

As always, members of the Carolina family are encouraged to use caution when walking or driving to, in or around campus. Always obey all emergency personnel signs, caution tape, etc. Please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.


October 4, 2015 — 3:45 p.m.

Weather Update (Sunday, Oct. 4) - Columbia campus closed Monday

Due to heavy rain and flooding around Columbia and the Midlands all campus activities are cancelled today (Sunday) and the campus will be closed Monday, Oct. 5 and all classes are cancelled. The University of South Carolina is encouraging students, faculty, staff and visitors to stay at home and stay inside.

Only essential personnel should report to campus today, Sunday, October 4 or Monday, Oct. 5.

As always, members of the Carolina family are encouraged to use caution when walking or driving to, in or around campus. Always obey all emergency personnel signs, caution tape, etc. Please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.

As a state agency, the University must follow the delay and closing determinations of Richland County Government. (Please note this is not Richland County school districts.) 

University officials will continue to monitor the weather and its potential effects on operations and remain in communication with Richland County Government regarding decisions on further delays or closings.


 

Weather Update (Sunday, Oct. 4) - All Monday classes cancelled

Due to heavy rain and flooding around Columbia and the Midlands all campus activities are cancelled today (Sunday) and all classes are cancelled Monday, Oct. 5. The University of South Carolina is encouraging students, faculty, staff and visitors to stay at home and stay inside for the remainder of the day.

Only essential personnel should report to campus today, Sunday, October 4. At this time the campus will be open on Monday, Oct. 5 for faculty and staff. As a state agency, the University must follow the delay and closing determinations of Richland County Government. (Please note this is not Richland County school districts.) 

As always, members of the Carolina family are encouraged to use caution when walking or driving to, in or around campus. Always obey all emergency personnel signs, caution tape, etc. Please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.

University officials will continue to monitor the weather and its potential effects on operations and remain in communication with Richland County Government regarding decisions on further delays or closings.

 


 

Weather Update (Sunday, Oct. 4)

Due to heavy rain and flooding around Columbia and the Midlands all campus activities are cancelled today (Sunday). The University of South Carolina is encouraging students, faculty, staff and visitors to stay at home and stay inside. Only essential personnel should report to campus today, Sunday, October 4.

On-Campus students have the following dining options available today, October 4: 

  • Russell House now serving after power restored
  • Gibbs Court opened at 9 a.m.
  • Bates dining opens at 11am

Students off-campus should remain inside and not travel to campus

Campus operations on Monday, Oct. 5: University officials will continue to monitor the weather and its potential effects on operations and remain in communication with Richland County Government regarding decisions on delays or closings. 

As a state agency, the University must follow the delay and closing determinations of Richland County Government. (Please note this is not Richland County school districts.)  


 

October 2, 2015 — 2 p.m.

Weather Update (Oct. 2)

Due to the potential of heavy rain and flooding in South Carolina over the next few days, the University of South Carolina is encouraging students, faculty, staff and visitors to be aware of the following:

  • Potential flash flooding. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Monitor Carolina Alert for flash flood warnings on the USC campus. Areas that are especially prone to flooding include:
      • Intersection of Main and Whaley streets
      • Parking lots behind 300 Main St.
      • Parking lots behind the Blatt P.E. Center
      • Sumter Street under the railroad bridge
      • Pickens Street under the pedestrian crossing
      • Five Points
  • Never walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle could be quickly swept away and it only takes a foot of water to cause your car to float off the roadway.
      • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and potential stalling.
      • A foot of water will float many vehicles.
      • Two feet of rushing water will carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.
  • Parking alternatives: The gates have been raised at the following parking garages for those who need to relocate their vehicle to higher ground over the weekend: Senate Street Garage, Blossom Street Garage and the Horizon Garage. Vehicles without permits for those garages should be removed by 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5. 
  • Weekend Cancellations: The following events have been cancelledDiscover CarolinaDuke TIP Academic Adventures classes and Paralegal Studies courses. Check www.sc.edu/weather for updates on cancellations throughout the weekend

Continue to monitor Carolina Alert for all emergency preparedness information and alerts.

 


 

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