Chico State and the surrounding downtown areas were hit with an intense storm Tuesday, leaving buildings including Tehama Hall, Whitney Hall and the Student Health Center flooded with water. Although only west Chico was affected by the flooding, powerful rain, hail and lighting were seen throughout the majority of the city.
According to Chico State, there was minimal damage done to buildings. Classes are still in session, however, the Student Health Center was closed Wednesday. Whitney Hall, which holds over 600 people, has been out of power since Tuesday night.
Though some buildings experienced minor flooding due to the rains Tuesday evening, there is no significant damage, just cleanup work. There is no anticipated impact to classes or campus business Wednesday. Unless conditions change, you should plan to attend as scheduled.
— Chico State (@ChicoState) April 3, 2019
On Tuesday at 4:54 p.m., a tornado warning was issued for Butte County, Nord and the surrounding areas. No tornado ended up forming, but looming clouds were seen.
A thunderstorm began just after 5 p.m., rain pouring over campus and the surrounding areas. Hail was also seen coming down, forming a slush of ice and water outside many students’ apartments and houses.
A flood warning was issued at 7:02 p.m. and streets began filling with water. Many cars were stopped in the road, unable to drive through. The WREC, the parking garage ground floor and the intersection of Warner and West Sacramento Avenue were completely flooded.
— Kendall George (@kendallmgeorge) April 3, 2019
This is what the Safeway on Nord’s parking lot looks like right now. Had to go through knee deep water to get to my car. pic.twitter.com/Tm1fZ3IKcK
— Brian Luong (@brianluongorion) April 3, 2019
— nate_rettinger19 (@NRettinger19) April 3, 2019
Modoc Hall was also flooded in the storm.
— Angel Ortega (@AngelOrtegaNews) April 3, 2019
Some students, however, used the flooding to their advantage, going swimming, taking showers and canoeing through the streets. Many posted their experiences on Twitter.
— Riley de Wit (@R_deWit) April 3, 2019
Here are student submitted videos from the flood last night. Be on the lookout for an article coming soon from @theorion_news. First video is from Christain Neiswonder. #ChicoFlashFlood pic.twitter.com/NZgxoo0xEU
— Kendall George (@kendallmgeorge) April 4, 2019
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