Online students affected by flooding at WSU Information Technology building

Online students affected by flooding at WSU Information Technology building »Play Video
The university’s wireless internet and website were affected by flood.
PULLMAN, WA - Flooding in Washington State University Information Technology Department is causing some issues for students in the middle of finals week.

WSU employees discovered significant flooding and water damage in the server room of the IT building early Wednesday morning. It turns out the recent cold snap froze some of the pipes in the building, and warmer temperatures caused them to thaw out and burst.

"Fac-Ops is drying things out, moping things out, the electricians are there, trying to assess what the electrical damage is," said WSU Spokesperson Kathy Barnard. "And we're moving forward as quickly as we can to restore everything back to normal."

Leaders from WSU said the students that were affected the most are their online students who had final exams Wednesday morning. Teachers are now working with them to reschedule those tests.

The flood caused temporary issues with the university's wireless internet, and their website, wsu.edu is out of service. However leaders said the majority of students on the Pullman campus weren't affected by the problem, and no finals on campus were cancelled.