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Provost gives flood advisory update

On Friday, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit sent out an e-mail to all Ohio University employees on the Athens campus regarding the potential for flooding this weekend.

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, recent rains have resulted in regional flooding and a rise in the level of the Hocking River.

With more rain predicted for the weekend and with the Hocking River expected to crest this coming Sunday afternoon, students, faculty and staff who leave campus for the weekend may experience difficulty returning. Historically, U.S. routes 33 and 50, among others, may be down to one lane or closed for periods of time.

Your best source for information on the status of these roads is*. Check this site before you head back to campus in order to learn about current road conditions and available alternate routes. Even on roads that are open, please use caution and do not attempt to drive through standing water.

We do not anticipate flooding on campus and classes are not canceled. However, the University is taking several precautionary measures, and if there is an emergency, we will notify you through e-mail, Facebook and Twitter, text message and updated information on

Impassable roads may cause some students who leave or have left campus this weekend to be late or miss some classes on Monday. I ask faculty to take this into account in monitoring class attendance. Chairs and directors should make sure that graduate student instructors also are aware of potential attendance issues.

If you believe that you will be unable to reach campus due to flooding, please let your chair, director or supervisor know so that they can make the appropriate arrangements.

Again, will be your best source of information on road conditions.


Pam Benoit
Executive Vice President and Provost