Pipe failure causes flooding at Thompson Rivers University

3:30 p.m.

In a tweet, TRU says its IT systems will remain operational while the B.C. Open Learning Building (floors two to four) will re-open on Monday. The first floor will remain closed for water damage remediation work.

2:30 p.m.

A water pipe failure has caused flooding in the B.C. Centre for Open Learning and a host of other problems at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) this afternoon (Jan. 11).

"The cause is undetermined at this time but it has resulted in flooding within the first floor of the Open Learning building," says Darshan Lindsay, director of communications at TRU. "As a result, the building is closed indefinitely. We have asked people to just stay away from the area as the fire department is on scene."

Buses travelling to the B.C. Transit exchange located just outside the centre on Dalhousie Drive have been rerouted to the school's west entrance on University Drive, near the trades building.

However, the school's IT department is also located on the first floor of the Open Learning building, so the university may have to shut off those services.

"It is something we are looking at and something we've already pushed out to our students and staff," says Lindsay. "The situation is very fluid, but there definitely is the potential that some of our services may not be accessible. As we look at that damage that has occurred in the building we need to shut off power to the building and that would affect services, to a degree to which we still aren't sure." 



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