University Open, Recovery Underway in Wake of Flash Floods

Assessment, cleanup and repairs are moving forward at Michigan Technological University in the aftermath of devastating flash floods in the western Upper Peninsula produced by torrential rains over the weekend.

The National Weather Service reports as much as seven inches of rain fell in the Copper Country between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, with the majority of rainfall occurring from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday. Roadways throughout the area washed out; homes and businesses were severely damaged or destroyed by mudslides, flooding and cave-ins.

University property and grounds were damaged, but there are no reported injuries on campus.

Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz expressed his admiration and appreciation for the Michigan Tech community and the people of Houghton County. “The outpouring of support, resources and offers to help has been humbling and comforting,” Mroz says. “It reminds us of what this community is made of—grit, determination and heart.”

Read the full story on mtu.edu/news.

Tech to Work with FEMA

Michigan Tech will be coordinating with the local community on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reporting efforts to request recovery funds.

All supplies and services related to the Michigan Tech recovery must be submitted to the Incident Command Team. Please contact Danielle Cyrus, ICT logistics chief, at dcyrus@mtu.edu or 7-2512 with any questions.

Update on Mail Services and Print Shop

 Mail Services

Mail Services will operate out of the Datolite Room in the Memorial Union Building. Campus mail delivery will resume today (June 20).

Admin Building departments can send one representative over to the Datolite room this morning after 10 a.m. to pick up their department mail. This will be the plan going forward until otherwise notified.

Mail Services will continue to accept outgoing mail that already has postage affixed. We will not be able to process outgoing mail without postage.

We are also not able to assist with bulk mailings at this time. If you have a bulk mailing with which you need assistance, email Crystal Verran.

Incoming FedEx and UPS deliveries will be accepted and delivered in campus mail. All outgoing shipments via FedEx and UPS are suspended at this time. Visit a local shipping shop or the post office for assistance with outgoing shipments.

Print Services

Print Services will continue to assist customers with their printing needs, but please allow more time for processing your orders.

Orders can be submitted by emailing print-l@mtu.edu (sending print work orders in campus mail) or for those with access to the new online storefront, orders can be submitted online. If you have questions or concerns about a print project, email print-l@mtu.edu and we will try to respond as soon as possible.

Update on Status of Administration Building

Employees with offices in the Administration Building may retrieve necessary items from 8 to 10 a.m. today (June 20).
Check in at the main doors on the campus/north side facing the Alumni House and Academic Office Building.

The Admin Building remains closed. Facilities along with an outside contractor will conduct a safety inspection and perform electrical repairs.

Information on the availability of floors one through five of the Admin Building is forthcoming.

Due to flood damage in the Garden Level of the Admin Building, University Marketing and Communications (UMC) is currently closed and has temporarily ceased all but University-critical operations.

UMC is not accepting new project requests at this time and will be in touch with current clients as soon as we are able.

Thank you for your patience.

Be Aware of Fraudulent Disaster Assistance/Insurance

During times of crisis, like the flooding that has been experienced in the Upper Peninsula recently, many individuals, groups and agencies look to do what they can to assist.

Unfortunately, there are also those looking to fraudulently take advantage of the situation. If you receive an email or phone call from someone claiming to be an insurer or part of a support organization, be cautious about giving out any personal or financial information.

Here are a few tips to help you identify fraud:

  • Michigan Tech’s IT staff will never ask you for your password over the phone or to be sent over email.
  • State and federal workers do not ask for, or accept, money.
  • Insurance agencies calling you should know who you are, the address listed on the insurance and your policy number.

If you feel uncomfortable with any call or email, ask the caller or sender if you can contact the company directly and then use a number found on their website or within documentation that you possess.

If you receive a call or email that you believe is fraudulent, report it to it-help@mtu.edu. We can assist you with validating the message and, if it’s fraudulent, we'll work on blocking their ability to contact others.

How You Can Help

Huskies around the nation are asking how they can help with disaster relief efforts.

The City of Houghton and Houghton County are organizing volunteer work crews. To volunteer, call 906-233-6621 or visit http://www.facebook.com/CopperCountryStrong2018.

If you’d like to make a monetary donation, two area non-profits, Keweenaw Community Foundation and Portage Health Foundation have activated flood relief funds.

The Betty Chavis Fund is a means to specifically help Michigan Tech students affected by the disaster. Donate via the Michigan Tech Giving page by selecting “give now,” “other,” and typing in “Betty Chavis Emergency Fund.”

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