By Rob Bradfield
Heavy rains in the Waco area resulted in flooding in the Bill Daniel Student Center late Monday.
Baylor Facility Services found nearly 2 inches of water filling the basement level of the building on Tuesday morning after the area received 6.2 inches of rain Monday night.
The high volume of water is suspected to have caused a pipe to burst in the game room area.
According to Jordy Dickey, coordinator of student union for facilities and operations, the entire basement will be closed until it can be dried.
“We have already notified our individuals that [the SUB basement] will be closed one more day,” Dickey said.
Workers began pumping out the water, and setting up fans Tuesday afternoon.
Dickey said the facilities received minimal damage, and the clean-up process is proceeding quickly.
“Everyone’s been so on top of getting the water out it’s been a pretty seamless process,” Dickey said.
However, Baylor’s flooding problems might not be over.
According to a city of Waco statement, the Army Corps of Engineers is expecting an 11-foot rise in the water level in Lake Waco.
In addition, areas of downtown Waco are considered at risk of flooding as more water from upstream fills Lake Brazos, which runs alongside Baylor campus.
The National Weather Service, however, is not projecting any large-scale flooding of the Brazos River in McLennan County.
“We have [the river] cresting at 3 feet below flood stage on Thursday night,” a representative at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth said.