Letter to Parents and Students

Dear Parents and Students:

As you may have heard, water from the rapidly rising New River swept over areas of the City of Radford and Radford University in the predawn hours today. I am pleased to report water is now receding, and classes continue as scheduled.

We have been informed that water from the overflowing New River flooded a number of vehicles in a university parking lot between the Dedmon Center and the river. Responding to weather alerts late Wednesday about the possibility of the river overflowing its banks, the University notified residence hall students starting at 11:30 p.m. to move any vehicles parked in Lot Z between the Dedmon Center sports complex and the river. This lot is designated for parking by residential students. Residence hall directors and assistants took steps to notify the students of the situation throughout the night.

At 11 p.m. the river near the university campus was about 4 feet above its normal level. The University's policy is to take action when rising waters reach 12 feet above normal, but the decision was made, however, to start the alerts at 11:30 p.m.

Due to the possibility of flooding at a second lot, the University sent a campus-wide alert at 7:30 a.m. advising that vehicles also should be removed from Lot FF. At 11:30 a.m., as a precaution, another campus-wide alert advised residents of the Greenhill Apartments near campus to move their vehicles to campus. Thankfully, neither of these lots flooded.

The water supply for the City of Radford is safe, but filtering was briefly suspended due to the overnight flooding of the river. The City has a 48-hour reserve of filtered water, and officials have instituted conservation measures. All City residents, as well as Radford University faculty, staff and students, have been asked to limit water usage to essentials only. The city manager notified me that the system will be back in operation in a few hours.

Please be assured that the safety and wellbeing of our students are always the paramount concern of Radford University's administration, faculty and staff. We continue to monitor the situation as our entire region deals with the devastating effects of this week's storms and consequent flooding.

We have set up a flood hotline that you may call to leave a message or ask a question. We will respond to your messages/questions as quickly as possible. The hotline number is (540) 831-2100.

We ask for your support and assistance as we deal with the ramifications of the flooding of our campus and neighboring community.


Richard Alvarez
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Radford University

Jan 31, 2013