Updated May 28, 9:20 p.m.:
Iowa State University administrators continue to work with the City of Ames and the National Weather Service to monitor the weather forecast and river crest level models for Squaw Creek and the Skunk River. Projected rainfall could cause both Squaw Creek and the Skunk River to reach or exceed flood stage. Flooding on campus is a possibility as more rain is predicted throughout the remainder of this week.
Because the potential for flooding exists, staff at Veenker Memorial Golf Course have relocated equipment, and the Athletics Department and Iowa State Center have flood gates in place and have taken other protective measures at Hilton Coliseum, the Scheman Building and Stephens Auditorium. Lied Recreation Athletic Center, which closed Tuesday for sandbagging, will reopen at 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 29. Department of Residence staff also have installed the flood gates at Maple-Willow-Larch residence halls.
As a precaution, ISU Police have placed barricades at all locations where the closure of streets and parking lots might be necessary, including Stange Road near University Village; 13th Street near Haber Road; Sixth Street and University Boulevard; Lincoln Way and University Boulevard; and parking lots 100, 57 and 63.
The university is open and all classes and activities are being held as scheduled. ISU Police and the Facilities Planning and Management Department will continue to monitor the situation. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to watch the weather forecast and the ISU homepage for any updates.