Saturday, October 24

Rain causes flooding in Murphy Hall, disrupts services temporarily

The financial aid office and other campus services were disrupted as a result of flooding inside Murphy Hall. (Jintak Han/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Students and administration officials found Murphy Hall flooded Thursday morning due to heavy rainfall.

The flood at Murphy Hall started around 8 a.m., according to UCLA Facilities Management.

Some campus services experienced interruptions due to the flooding. The financial aid office temporarily relocated across the hall as plumbers worked to handle the flood. The registrar’s office also experienced a closure, but was fully open by 10 a.m.

Nurit Katz, executive officer of Facilities Management, said that clogged roof drains caused the air conditioning pipes to malfunction and flood the offices.

The Fernald Child Study Center and the Center for the Health Sciences also experienced flooding, Katz said.

Daniel Wefers, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student, was scheduled to meet with a financial aid advisor at 9:30 a.m., but found out about the flood just minutes before the appointment.

“Since it’s not an urgent appointment, I’ll probably come back … on Monday and ask when they plan to have me,” Wefers said.

Financial aid services have temporarily been moved to A128 Murphy Hall while plumbers clear the flood.

Senior staff photojournalist & news reporter

Jintak Han is a senior staff photojournalist and news reporter. Working at the Bruin through his entire undergraduate career from 2014 to 2020, Han has won dozens of awards and national recognition for his photojournalism. He is also known for his investigative reporting and is a staff writer for the City & Crime beat. He previously served as the 2016-2017 Assistant Photo editor and worked as a weekend reporter at the Korea Times for most of 2019.

Comments are supposed to create a forum for thoughtful, respectful community discussion. Please be nice. View our full comments policy here.