UD Police: Flooding at Hall building under investigation

By Tom Lehman 6:34pm, May 6, 2013 - Updated 8:21am, May 7, 2013
University of Delaware police say flooding that closed a campus classroom building Monday is being investigating as a case of criminal mischief.

Between 10 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday, police say a person inside of the Willard Hall Education Building on West Main Street caused damage to furniture, restroom fixtures and chalkboards and turned on a safety shower in a lab room.

University Police Chief Patrick Ogden says the running shower, which was discovered Monday morning, caused significant flooding on the second and third floors.

"Once it was activated, it pumped out 20 gallons of water a minute until it was turned off

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morning when it was discovered," Ogden says.

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Ogden says the person could have entered the building after it was closed or stayed inside after the doors were locked.

He says students often continue lab work inside the Hall building after it is closed for the night and leave freely. However, they would not be able to return once they left because the doors are locked from the outside.

"We're thinking that someone either remained in the building after it was locked or was let in," he says.

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The building is set to reopen Tuesday, but Ogden says there's been significant water damage to ceiling tiles, carpets, electrical systems and insulation around pipes.

Anyone with information on the incident can call University of Delaware police.

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