Illinois State University is experiencing extreme building flooding conditions at Redbird Arena again. Building flooding has been an issue for years because the lowest ?court? floor of Redbird Arena is the lowest point on this section of the Illinois State University West campus. Work was completed in the Fall of 2019 to increase the capacity of the stormwater drainage system. While this work succeeded in addressing a normal rainfall event, it was discovered that during a recent significant rain event (+7? on July 15, 2020) the system is exceeding capacity and rainwater collects at the bottom of the Northeast Lower Level ramp at the entrance doors, passes through the joints between the doors and jambs, and enters the building all the way across the basketball court floor.
Illinois State University will need to develop interim measures to prevent stormwater from passing through the lower level entrance doorways into Redbird Arena. Exploratory efforts will include investigating all quick implementation strategies to prevent further water intrusion in to Redbird Arena.
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