Ohio UniversitySUPERCEDED Administration Policy and Procedure

44.117:  Flood Plan - Athens Campus

SUPERCEDED on June 3, 2009

Current Version


Approved on October 22, 2004Signatures and dates
on archival copy


when approved 

Initiated by:

Sherwood Wilson
Associate Vice President for Administration
for Facilities and Auxiliary Services

Reviewed by:

Herman ("Butch") Hill, Chair
Policy and Procedure Review Committee

Endorsed by:

Larry Corrigan
Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration

Approved by:

Kathy Krendl
Interim Provost

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Flooding conditions were last experienced in 1968. The river was relocated around the campus in 1970 and the probability of flooding was significantly reduced as a result. Flooding, however, is still possible, and it is necessary, therefore, to define a procedure for determining the possibility of flooding, for notifying departments that might be affected directly by flood conditions, and for implementing actions that are required to minimize potential damages to property and inconveniences to students, faculty and staff.


Departments located in the buildings and areas listed in sub-section I of Procedures, below, should have plans in place for dealing with high water by:

It will be the responsibility of each department to physically relocate their own equipment, supplies, etc., as Facilities Management personnel will have the primary responsibility of performing numerous functions that are essential in lessening the impact of flooding conditions on buildings, building mechanical systems, and utilities.


I.  Areas and Buildings Affected

The low lying areas of the campus are in the flood plain and could be affected if the river goes over the banks. The flood plain includes the following areas and buildings:

A.  West Green

  1. Anderson
  2. Aquatic Center
  3. Bird Arena
  4. Boyd
  5. Convocation
  6. Grosvenor
  7. Grover
  8. Irvine Hall
  9. James
  10. Life Science Center*
  11. Parks
  12. Porter
  13. Ryors
  14. Sargent
  15. Stocker
  16. Truedley
  17. Visitor's Center
  18. Walter*
  19. Wilson

B.  East Green

  1. Biddle
  2. Bryan
  3. Bush
  4. Clippinger
  5. Edgehill Maintenance Building
  6. Gamertsfelder
  7. Jefferson
  8. Johnson*
  9. Lincoln
  10. Lower Campus Grounds
  11. McCracken
  12. Morton
  13. Perkins
  14. Putnam
  15. Read*
  16. Shively
  17. Tiffin
  18. Ullom
  19. Voigt
  20. Washington

C.  South Green

  1. Armbruster
  2. Atkinson
  3. Brough
  4. Brown
  5. Cady
  6. Crawford
  7. Dougan
  8. Ewing
  9. Fenzel
  10. Foster
  11. Hoover
  12. Mackinnon
  13. Martzolff
  14. Mill St. Apts.*
  15. Nelson
  16. O'Blennes
  17. Pickering
  18. Smith
  19. Surface Science
  20. True
  21. Weld
  22. Wolfe St. Apts.
  23. Wray
  24. Zoology

D.  Athletic Mall

  1. Carin Strength Center
  2. Chessa Field (soccer)
  3. Driving Range
  4. Football Practice
  5. Peden Stadium
  6. Ping Center*
  7. Pro Shop
  8. Pruitt Field
  9. Softball
  10. Tennis Courts
  11. Wren Stadium

E.  North Green

  1. Glidden Music Building*
  2. Hwa-Wei Lee Library Annex
  3. Music Addition
  4. Sculpture Studio
  5. Seigfred Hall

F.  Service Center

  1. Biochemistry*
  2. Central Food Service*
  3. Corrosion Center*
  4. Facilities Management*
  5. Facilities Renovations*
  6. Heating Plant Substation*
  7. Human Resources Training Center*
  8. Innovation Center*
  9. Laushe Heating Plant*
  10. Ohio University Credit Union*
  11. Old Custodial Stores*
  12. University Garage*

* The buildings marked with an asterisk ("*") are either on the edge of the flood plain or they are raised so they are out of the flood plain, so in the event of flooding, they are likely to be surrounded by water.

II.  Monitoring the River

The Facilities Management Division will have primary responsibility for evaluating river elevation conditions and for triggering various levels of readiness notifications to departments on campus that would be affected by flooding conditions. There are a variety of factors that determine the possibilities and extent of flooding, including:

  1. Amount of rain in a given period of time up-stream from Athens.

  2. The quantity and rate of increase of water levels in a given time period.

  3. Temperature and time of year.

  4. Percentage of watershed covered.

  5. Soil condition, type of cover, and slope, which determine the amount of runoff in a given rain.

  6. Presence of ice in the river.

The status of river conditions will be available from Facilities Management.

III.  Notification Categories

Notification to departments located in affected areas may be in either of two categories:

A.  Flood Watch

Conditions are such that departments will be notified that flooding is possible and that they should review plans for relocating essential equipment and have personnel and equipment ready to implement relocation plans on short notice.

B.  Flood Warning

Available information indicates that the river will go over the levee and will affect the lower areas of the campus. Departments will be advised to implement their flood plans.

IV.  Notification

Notification to departments located in affected areas will be made as follows:

The Director of Grounds is responsible for monitoring river conditions and for implementing, in conjunction with the Director of Facilities Mangement, "Flood Watch" and "Flood Warning" notifications. A listing of all buildings and departments that should receive "Flood Watch" and "Flood Warning" notifications shall be maintained by the Director of Grounds. The Flood Plan and listing of buildings and departments shall be updated each Fall to recognize the changes that have been made in facility usage and assignments.

Periodically, the Director of Grounds will schedule a meeting to discuss flood planning procedures with representatives of departments that are located in areas that are subject to flooding.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Director of Grounds.


Proposed revisions of this policy should be reviewed by:

  1. Policy and Procedure Review Committee

  2. Unit heads responsible for operations located in buildings and areas listed in Procedures, sub-section I, above.


There are no forms that are specific to this policy.

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