UI assessing flood damage at Krannert Center

UI assessing flood damage at Krannert Center

This weekend's graduation ceremonies won't be affected by flooding damage at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and minor wind damage at Memorial Stadium during Wednesday night's storm, University of Illinois officials said.

Krannert spokeswoman Bridget Lee-Calfas said the flooding happened at around 9 p.m. as strong storms rolled through the area.

She said a pipe burst in the Foellinger Great Hall, causing damage to some equipment, costumes and the stage lift.

Rain also came in through the loading dock, said campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler. Photos showed standing water in the lower level and creeping onto the Great Hall stage.

Lee-Calfas said staff and students worked through the night to pump the water out. The staff also salvaged costumes and kept instruments dry, officials said.

School officials are assessing things and making plans for repairs, Lee-Calfas said. She did not have a dollar amount for damages.

Lee-Calfas said upcoming graduation ceremonies for UI colleges, Parkland College and area high schools will not be affected.

Programs and diploma covers for the Department of Communications graduation ceremony were destroyed in the flooding, but the department has more covers and planned to redo the programs, Kaler said.

At the stadium, which is being set up for the campuswide commencement on Saturday, high winds tossed around chairs, damaged the tent and tore apart some of the terraplas floor covering the field, Kaler said. But the main stage was not damaged.

By Thursday afternoon, the chairs and floor had been reset and Herriott's spent the day repairing the tent, she said.

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