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Heavy Rains Lead to Flooding in Campus Buildings

Access to Bryan Center temporarily closed

The lower level of the Bryan Center flooded due to heavy rains on Saturday morning.
The lower level of the Bryan Center flooded due to heavy rains on Saturday morning.

Updated: Monday, June 10, 2019: 11:00 a.m.

Duke Gardens is open. All paths are open with the exception of the path leading to the pond on the South Lawn. The Bryan Center is open. The Bookstore and all Bryan Center eating establishments are open as scheduled.

Updated: Sunday, June 9, 2019: 10:30 a.m.

Heavy rains caused damage in areas of Sarah P. Duke Gardens, so many paths are closed today. Gardens staff will begin repairs on Monday and hope to reopen the damaged areas later this week.

Update: Saturday, June 8, 2019: 4 p.m.

The Duke University Bookstore has reopened with access only from the Plaza. The rest of the Bryan Center remains closed for the remainder of Saturday as crews work to address flooded areas in the lower level of the building.

Damaged debris from flooding is in the process of being removed, and staff are continuing to assess impact on facilities, as well as future events and activities. 

The building and its retail operations are expected to reopen Sunday at 7 a.m. with limited access to the lower level. 

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Heavy rains on Saturday morning led to flooding in several campus buildings, including the Bryan Center on West Campus and the Eye Center off Erwin Road.

Crews are on scene at the Bryan Center, which has seen significant flooding in the lower level of the building. Water mitigation steps are underway, and access to the building has been closed until crews can address the water damage.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are projected to continue throughout the weekend. Heavy downpours could result in flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas or flash-flooding. If localized flooding occurs, individuals should report the incident to Facilities Management (campus) at 919-684-2122 or Engineering & Operations (Duke Hospital/Medical Center) at 919-684-3232.