Rice rides out April showers

Inner Loop

Photo by David Ruth

The Inner Loop briefly turned into a river early Monday morning as storms crossed the Houston area and produced widespread flooding. Rice University closed April 18 and 19 due to the regional mobility issues and in consideration of the safety of its students and employees.

The university sustained no major damage from the storms. “We had a few leaks in basements that we are cleaning up,” reported Kathy Jones, associate vice president for Facilities Engineering and Planning (FE&P). “We had great attendance by our staff in spite of the difficulties in travel. Overall 30 percent of our department reported to work in order to keep the university running.”

Students took to social media to voice their appreciation of the efforts of FE&P as well as Housing and Dining (H&D).

“… I’m surprised and very grateful they showed up at all,” one student wrote.

“Everyone thank the H&D staff for coming in when you get your food today!” another posted.

The storm system, which dropped nearly 18 inches of rain in some areas, forced the closure of schools and businesses throughout the Houston area and even the postponement of the annual Kinder Houston Area Survey luncheon originally set for April 19. The luncheon has been rescheduled for May 2.


About Jennifer Evans

Jennifer Evans is a senior editor in the Rice's Office of Public Affairs.