‘Significant’ overnight water leak closes UW Vilas Hall Monday, Tuesday

Faculty and staff will be allowed back in Vilas Hall on the UW-Madison campus Monday following a major water leak that damaged the building.

According to spokesman John Lucas, the “significant” leak started on the 7th floor of the hall and flowed down throughout the building. The floors have received various amounts of damage, he said.

‘Significant’ overnight water leak closes UW Vilas Hall Monday, Tuesday

The buildings will remain closed to the public while repairs are underway.

Vilas Hall is experiencing flooding – please avoid the building. More info to come to building occupants. @UWMadisonPolice @uw_sjmc @WPR @wispublictv @UWMadisonLS

— UW-Madison (@UWMadison) February 3, 2019

This is the second water leak the university has experienced this week, after the Chemistry Building experienced a water main break on Friday.

Class meetings will not be held in Vilas Hall or the Chemistry building on Monday and Tuesday.

UW officials said late Sunday that students and instructors had been informed via email where classes would be held and additional updates would be provided throughout the week.

Due to recent flooding, all classes held in Vilas Hall and the Chemistry Building on Monday and Tuesday will be relocated. Please watch your UW email address for reassignments.

More info: https://t.co/7K8wQDSX6p

— UW-Madison (@UWMadison) February 3, 2019

According to officials, Wisconsin Public Television and Radio operations inside the building shouldn’t be affected by the leak.

Lucas said that damage assessments inside Vilas Hall are ongoing and updates will be released as the situation unfolds.

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