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2 posts from September 2011


09/08/11: Weather Update

Dear faculty, staff, and students,


The University is monitoring the current weather conditions as the rain/flooding are impacting local transportation systems.  The campus is currently unaffected and operating on a normal schedule. 


If any faculty or staff experience local conditions that prevent them from coming to work, please notify your immediate supervisor if you are a staff member. If you are a faculty member, please notify students via Blackboard and/or Angel and contact your department chair, if you anticipate cancelling a class. 


Students who commute and are unable to make it to campus due to local conditions please notify your instructors.


Below is the latest weather information from the Office of Emergency Management:


Recent weather events have been extremely unpredictable. As of now water levels on creeks, streams, and rivers are slowly receding and forecasts predict light rain over the next 24 hours. However, there still remains uncertainty on the amount of rain that will continue to fall, and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) advises all agencies / organizations to maintain situational awareness by going to the NWS website at: http://weather.gov/phi  , as well as monitor river conditions by clicking the AHPS link on the left hand menu.

As of now:

  • Flood Warning remains in effect until further notice for the Schuylkill River which currently is at 12.48 feet and is forecast to slowly recede to 10.5 feet by 8pm on Saturday. The U.S. Corps of Army Engineers have begun to manually release water at the Blue Marsh Dam in Berks County to control the lake levels. Although this has not been done since 2006, National Weather Service does not anticipate more than a few inches of increase to the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
  • Costal Flood Advisory is in effect until 1pm today and a Costal Flood Watch in effect for this evening for the Delaware River.
  • Flood Warning is in effect for urban areas and small streams until 4:30pm.
  • Flood Watch is in effect through this evening.

The attached map highlights road closures in Philadelphia as of 11am. (Please keep in mind this data is not real time and is subject to change. Stay tuned to media for real time updates)
Some important updates to note that conflict with the attached map:

  • I-76 is now open in both directions.
  • MLK Blvd is closed but crews are working to open by the evening rush.

SEPTA Alerts:
Service has been suspended on the following lines due to flooding; Chestnut Hill West, Lansdale/Doylestown, Norristown, Warminster, West Trenton, Cynwyd.
Trenton line may experience delays of up to 25 minutes.
Bus Detours can be found at www.setpa.org


9/1/11: Robberies Reported

The Department of Public Safety is issuing an alert to inform the University community of two robberies that occurred on Tuesday, August 30, 2011. The first was an armed robbery and the second was unarmed.


 The first robbery occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m. on the 4000 Block of Woodland Avenue. The suspects were described as two African American males in their twenty’s, one wearing black pants and a black hat, and no description given of the second suspect.  


The second robbery occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on the 4400 Block of Spruce Street. The suspects were described as three African American males; one wore blue jeans and no shirt, the second wore a long-sleeved black shirt, and no description given of the third suspect.


The Department of Public Safety offers the following awareness tips: 


  • Use the shuttle, bus or walking escort services  
  • Pay attention to your surroundings, even while texting or talking on the phone
  • Travel in groups when possible, particularly after dark
  • Use well-lit and busy walkways
  • Report all incidents to the Police and Department of Public Safety


Important Numbers


Police - 911

Department of Public Safety Emergency - 215-596-7000

Shuttle Escort - 215-898-7433

Walking Escort (On Campus) - 215-895-1117

Walking Escort (Off Campus) - 215-387-3942