Bishop’s Univer­sity and Cham­plain on high alert

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

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

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