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Hartford's future flood plans

What the university plans to do if the waters rise again.

By Stefanie Szepanski | 09/15/11 | Updated 09/15/11 | Posted in News

Flooding that occured on Sept. 8 - Credit: Marshall Ross & Ben Wilcox
Flooding that occured on Sept. 8 - Credit: Marshall Ross & Ben Wilcox  ( )

Continuing our flood coverage, STN wanted to find out if the school has plans to change their flood preparedness for the future.

Public Safety said that although the current plan isn't changing they are working to make a major improvement.

"We moniter the weather like everybody else does and if there is a potential for the river to flood we send out notifications for the kids to move their cars. So nothing is really going to change because this was such a unique event and unfortunately such a big event," says Director of Public Safety John Schmaltz.

Plans are in process to replace the bridge located near the Public Safety building. Although on the schedule, the procedure will be a lengthy project. The school has to get permits from the DEP before construction can begin because the Hog River is a tributary to the Connecticut River. The University urges students to actively check the weather, keep an eye on their University e-mails and look out for text message alerts.

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