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Monday, Sept. 17

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for Rockingham County until 4 p.m. today, and a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through this evening. The university has been anticipating heavy rains and has been working to mitigate the effects of any flooding. The university is currently operating on a normal schedule and will do so tomorrow, Sept. 18, barring a significant change to the weather forecast.

The only change to operations concerns residents of the Apartments on Grace, who are now able to park their vehicles in the Chesapeake Avenue parking deck until 7 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 18.

A reminder that there are several areas of campus that are prone to flooding during heavy rains. These areas include Bridgeforth Stadium, Godwin Transit Center, Hillside Field, Duke Dog Alley, the Arboretum and several student parking lots. In the event that any of these or other areas flood, do not walk, swim, boat, float or drive through floodwaters. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with staying safe during a flood.

Additionally, residents with vehicles on campus currently and during future extreme weather conditions should be careful to avoid parking in lots that are subject to flooding. If you are parked in any of the following parking lots, it is recommended to move to an alternate lot:

  • R12, R13, R14, R15 and R16 Lots at Apartments on Grace
  • R1 and R8 Lots on Duke Drive near D-Hub and the Village
  • The gravel portion of R2 Lot on Port Republic Road behind the Madison Square shopping center
  • R3 Lot on Harrison Street

Recommended alternate lots for resident parking during extreme weather conditions include:

  • R10/R11 Lots on Port Republic Road across from University Outpost
  • The paved portion of R2 Lot on Port Republic Road behind the Madison Square shopping center
  • R9 Lot at Memorial Hall, at the intersection of Grace and Willow Streets

R5 Lot on University Boulevard, adjacent to the Arboretum


Friday, Sept. 14

The current weekend forecast for the Shenandoah Valley calls for rain but is predicting rainfall in tenths of an inch rather than the heavy rain that was expected earlier in the week. The forecast for Monday and Tuesday includes heavier rain in the range of 1 – 2 inches. However, these rain totals are not out of the ordinary for this area. We will continue to monitor the forecast through the weekend and respond to any changes appropriately.

Though it appears the chance of flooding is minimal, students who will be leaving their cars on campus over the next few days and during future extreme weather conditions should be careful to avoid parking in lots that are subject to flooding. If you are parked in any of the following parking lots, it is recommended to move to an alternate lot:

  • R12, R13, R14, R15 and R16 Lots at Apartments on Grace
  • R1 and R8 Lots on Duke Drive near D-Hub and the Village
  • The gravel portion of R2 Lot on Port Republic Road behind the Madison Square shopping center
  • R3 Lot on Harrison Street

Recommended alternate lots for resident parking during extreme weather conditions include:

  • R10/R11 Lots on Port Republic Road across from University Outpost
  • The paved portion of R2 Lot on Port Republic Road behind the Madison Square shopping center
  • R9 Lot at Memorial Hall, at the intersection of Grace and Willow Streets
  • R5 Lot on University Boulevard, adjacent to the Arboretum

    Friday, Sept. 14

    The current weekend forecast for the Shenandoah Valley calls for rain but is predicting rainfall in tenths of an inch rather than the heavy rain that was expected earlier in the week. The forecast for Monday and Tuesday includes heavier rain in the range of 1 – 2 inches. However, these rain totals are not out of the ordinary for this area. We will continue to monitor the forecast through the weekend and respond to any changes appropriately.

    Though it appears the chance of flooding is minimal, students who will be leaving their cars on campus over the next few days and during future extreme weather conditions should be careful to avoid parking in lots that are subject to flooding. If you are parked in any of the following parking lots, it is recommended to move to an alternate lot:

    • R12, R13, R14, R15 and R16 Lots at Apartments on Grace
    • R1 and R8 Lots on Duke Drive near D-Hub and the Village
    • The gravel portion of R2 Lot on Port Republic Road behind the Madison Square shopping center
    • R3 Lot on Harrison Street

    Recommended alternate lots for resident parking during extreme weather conditions include:

    • R10/R11 Lots on Port Republic Road across from University Outpost
    • The paved portion of R2 Lot on Port Republic Road behind the Madison Square shopping center
    • R9 Lot at Memorial Hall, at the intersection of Grace and Willow Streets
    • R5 Lot on University Boulevard, adjacent to the Arboretum

Thursday, Sept. 13

The National Weather Service forecast for Hurricane Florence shows a diminished impact on the Shenandoah Valley from reports earlier in the week. The university is expecting heavy rains Saturday through Tuesday and has been working all week to mitigate the effects of any flooding in advance of the storm. Unless there is a significant change to the weather forecast, classes on Friday will be held as scheduled. The university administration will continue to monitor the situation throughout the weekend.

There are several areas of campus that are prone to flooding during heavy rains. These areas include Bridgeforth Stadium, Godwin Transit Center, Hillside Field, Duke Dog Alley, the Arboretum and several student parking lots. In the event that any of these or other areas flood, do not walk, swim, boat, float or drive through floodwaters. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with staying safe during a flood.

Residents who will be leaving their cars on campus this weekend and during future extreme weather conditions should be careful to avoid parking in lots that are subject to flooding. If you are parked in any of the following parking lots, it is recommended to move to an alternate lot:

  • R12, R13, R14, R15 and R16 Lots at Apartments on Grace
  • R1 and R8 Lots on Duke Drive near D-Hub and the Village
  • The gravel portion of R2 Lot on Port Republic Road behind the Madison Square shopping center
  • R3 Lot on Harrison Street

Recommended alternate lots for resident parking during extreme weather conditions include:

  • R10/R11 Lots on Port Republic Road across from University Outpost
  • The paved portion of R2 Lot on Port Republic Road behind the Madison Square shopping center
  • R9 Lot at Memorial Hall, at the intersection of Grace and Willow Streets
  • R5 Lot on University Boulevard, adjacent to the Arboretum

More information about alternative lots will be provided in tomorrow’s storm update.

 


Hurricane Florence Update: Wednesday, Sept. 12

Overnight forecasts for Hurricane Florence are suggesting a potentially less severe impact on the Shenandoah Valley. However, we continue to track its progress and prepare for a major storm.

JMU continues its normal operations. As of this time, all classes will take place as scheduled. Any cancellations or delays will be announced via the Madison Alert system, jmu.edu and through local media outlets. Several weekend events have been canceled or rescheduled:

  • The Lonesome Traveler performance scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Forbes Center Concert Hall has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a future date. Visit the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts for more information.
  • The JMU football game vs. Robert Morris will be played on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. instead of Saturday. Check JMUSports.com for updated information about parking and ticket information.

If you are scheduled to attend a university-related event this weekend, please check with the event organizer for any changes or cancellations.

Students, faculty and staff should continue their preparations for heavy rains and strong winds. Residents who will be leaving their cars on campus this weekend and during future extreme weather conditions should be careful to avoid parking in lots that are subject to flooding. If you are parked in any of the following parking lots, it is recommended to move to an alternate lot:

  • R12, R13, R14, R15 and R16 Lots at Apartments on Grace
  • R1 and R8 Lots on Duke Drive near D-Hub and the Village
  • The gravel portion of R2 Lot on Port Republic Road behind the Madison Square shopping center
  • R3 Lot on Harrison Street

Recommended alternate lots for resident parking during extreme weather conditions include:

  • R10/R11 Lots on Port Republic Road across from University Outpost
  • The paved portion of R2 Lot on Port Republic Road behind the Madison Square shopping center
  • R9 Lot at Memorial Hall, at the intersection of Grace and Willow Streets
  • R5 Lot on University Boulevard, adjacent to the Arboretum

We will continue to provide further information and updates each day, so please continue to monitor the JMU website.


Hurricane Florence Update: Tuesday, Sept. 11

The latest forecasts continue to predict a significant impact on the Shenandoah Valley from Hurricane Florence this weekend. Current forecasts call for heavy rains and strong winds beginning Friday with rains continuing through the weekend. At this point, and unless notified otherwise, all classes will take place as scheduled for the remainder of the week. The only change to normal university operations is the JMU football game vs. Robert Morris has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in Bridgeforth Stadium.

We do know, however, that several areas of campus tend to flood temporarily during heavy rains. These areas include Duke Dog Alley, the Godwin Transit Center bus staging area, Bridgeforth Stadium, the Arboretum and several parking lots. In the event of flooding, it is important that everyone heed the warning of any signs or public safety personnel and stay away from or out of the flood waters.

The university is in the process of mitigating, to the extent possible, any potential flooding. Facilities Management staff has been working to reduce the water level of Newman Lake and will continue to do so throughout the week. Areas prone to flooding are being cleared and sandbagged as appropriate. Safety checks have been performed on necessary equipment and supplies have been reinforced. The university’s Dining Services are also prepared for emergency operations. Essential personnel have been notified and are on standby.

As the storm approaches, students, faculty and staff should pay attention to updates from both JMU and local and regional public safety officials. University community members should be sure that their contact information is up-to-date in MyMadison. The university will communicate through our Madison Alert emergency notification system, jmu.edu and the LiveSafe app. Please do not contact JMU Police with non-emergency questions about university operations.

While the actual effects of the storm are uncertain, students, faculty and staff should take precautions to prepare. Visit ready.gov or the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for information about what you should be doing now.

 


9/11/2018

  • To prepare for, and protect against flooding, you should:

    Avoid low-lying areas on the JMU campus, specifically near Godwin Transit Center, Mr. Chips, Hillside Field, Duke Dog Alley and the Arboretum.

         Make an Emergency Plan

    • Gather supplies to shelter in place.
    • Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for cell phones and other critical equipment.
    • Share location information with everyone (friends, family, etc.).
    • Stay updated: edu, LiveSafe, Madison Alert or local news agencies.
    • Do not walk, swim, boat, float or drive through floodwaters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
    • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.

          Survive DURING

    • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades.
    • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
    • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay inside the vehicle. If water is rising inside the vehicle, seek refuge on the roof.
    • If trapped in a building, go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.

          Be Safe AFTER

    • Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return to residence only when authorities say it is safe.
    • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
    • Avoid wading in floodwater. Floodwater may contain dangerous debris and can be contaminated. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.

          Know the terms to help understand flood hazard:

                Flood Watch- Flooding is possible.

                Flash Flood Watch- Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground.

                Flood Warning – Flooding is occurring or will occur soon. If told to evacuate, do so            

                 immediately.

                 Flash Flood Warning – A flash flood is occurring. Seek higher ground on foot

                 immediately.

     


    Hurricane Florence Update: Monday, Sept. 10

    James Madison University is in close communication with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management as well as local and regional public safety agencies who are continuing to track the forecast of Hurricane Florence. Many departments throughout the university including Public Safety, Facilities Management, Residence Life and Dining Services have begun preparing the campus for the potential of high winds and flooding from heavy rains.

    As the forecast takes shape over the next few days, JMU will communicate with students, faculty and staff through the university’s emergency alert system, jmu.edu and the LiveSafe app. Parents can check the JMU website or download the LiveSafe app (Google Play or Apple App Store) to receive updates.

    Members of the JMU community should begin to familiarize themselves with and plan for the possibility of flooding and the potential for extended power outages. While university buildings are equipped with backup generators, off-campus residents should check with their management offices or landlords about storm preparations specific to their properties. Please visit ready.gov and JMU’s flood plan to prepare yourself for the possible effects of the storm.

    We will continue to update this page as information changes or becomes available.

    Emergency Preparedness Resources

  • Emergency Procedures Post Test
  • Notification Sign-up Instructions: MYMadison
  • Emergency Horns and Sirens
  • Severe Weather Monitoring System: Rose Library - Student Success - Sentara Park
  • Emergency Procedures Poster
  • WeatherBug Radar
  • JMU Campus Weather Station
  • LiveSafe

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