NOV. 18, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

A burst pipe in the California State University, Bakersfield Student Union building flooded the building overnight Monday, forcing temporary closure of the building.

Bob Brown, director of facilities management at CSUB, said a 2-1/2-inch pipe located in a custodial room broke sometime during the night between Sunday and Monday, flooding the building and causing substantial damage. About 2 inches of water was covering the floor throughout the Student Union when the problem was discovered at about 6:30 a.m. Monday, Brown said. Water drained from the Student Union created a small pond north of the building.

Brown said his staff was attempting to determine what caused that break. He expected to have a damage estimate in the next day or two.

The pipe break and flooding closed all operations in the building except for the Runner Bookstore, which was little damaged. Those offices and operations affected are the student union office, the Safe 1 Credit Union, student government office, Student Life office, and Wileys Pub. Bill Perry, assistant vice president for student life, said he was seeking temporary accommodations for the student offices closed by the flooding.

Brown said no determination had been made as to when the Student Union would be reopened. We need to get the building dried out and determine the extent of the damage, he said.

Anne Dziadura, manager of the Runner Bookstore, said bookstore hours would be reduced to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Wednesday, then return to normal 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. hours of operation on Thursday. Access to the bookstore is available through the southwest door directly into the store.