Bishop’s University and Champlain on high alert
Classeswere cancelled yesterday at both Bishop’s University and Champlain College, in the Borough of Lennoxville, as floodwaters from the St. Francois River threatened the two campuses. Emails were also sent to staff at around 7:00 am Tuesday morning, alerting them that all academic and administrative activities were suspended for the day. Maintenance and grounds workers were asked to report to work.
“The water level has risen significantly on the lawns but no water has entered any of our buildings. We cancelled classes more of a precautionary measure in anticipation of potential problems,” said Helene St-Amand, Vice-principal of Finances and Administration.
When asked if the almost completed Sports Complex or the recently built student residences were in danger, Ms. St-Amand answered: “The Sports Complex and the student residences were designed to be as outside of the flood zone as possible. The risk now is at the entrances in and out of the campus. We have over seven hundred people living on campus so emergency vehicles must be able to get in and out.”
Looking out of her office window, Ms. St-Amand has a good view of the St. Francois River. “The