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July 26, 2013, 12:25 p.m.

Parking Lot C, 17th Street to re-open

OSU Center for Health Sciences' Parking Lot C (east) and 17th Street will be open today as workers have finished cleaning up the major debris from this week's storm. 

Security lights in Lot C will be off while crews work to repair damage to the lights. If you want an escort to or from your vehicle, contact OSU-CHS Security at 918-625-8592.

Officials are continuing to assess storm damage to CHS facilities. Faculty and staff should report any water damage or phone issues from the storm to the Tulsa Help Desk at tulsa.helpdesk@okstate.edu or 918-594-8200. Storm damage repairs will take priority. All other projects will be completed on a priority basis after those repairs are completed.

Updates, if needed, will be posted at the OSU-CHS website and sent through email from OSU-CHS News. In addition, updates will be posted to the OSU-CHS Facebook and Twitter pages.

July 25, 2013, 10 p.m.

Power restored to OSU-CHS, HCC and Clinical Financial Services

A crane performing repairs on the Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research CenterPower has been restored to OSU Center for Health Sciences' Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center, Health Care Center and Clinical Financial Services. OSU-CHS facilities will re-open as normal on Friday.

AEP-PSO crews have been working with university officials since early Wednesday morning when dangerous storms knocked out power and tore the roof off the Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center. The crews were able to restore full power to all CHS facilities Thursday evening.

Workers have also made significant progress in securing the remaining portion of the damaged roof in anticipation of severe weather expected overnight. In the past 24 hours, crews have removed decking, added water drains, reinforced trusses and cleared debris from the rooftop to prevent further damage.

University officials will be monitoring the weather situation overnight and in the morning. Updates, if needed, will be posted at the OSU-CHS website and sent through email from OSU-CHS News. In addition, updates will be posted to the OSU-CHS Facebook and Twitter pages.

July 25, 2013, Noon

Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center, HCC closing due to unreliable power

The OSU Center for Health Sciences' Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center and the OSU Health Care Center are closing at noon due to an unreliable power source at this time.

The Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center is operating on power from back-up generators. Faculty, staff and students need to stop using and unplug non-essential electrical equipment in the facility while it is running on back-up power.

University officials are working with AEP-PSO to determine the stability of the power sources at this time. Due to the widespread outages in Tulsa County from Wednesday morning's storms, AEP-PSO expects it will take several days before power is fully restored to the entire area.

Crews are also working to secure the roof on the Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center in advance of another round of storms predicted for tonight and tomorrow. The roof was severely damaged during the previous round of storms.

The Clinical Financial Services building also remains without power.

Phone lines at OSU-CHS were also damaged in the storm. Crews are working with AT&T and Telecom to resolve the issue.

Please contact the Tulsa Help Desk with any issues in your department related to the storm. There may be a delay in the response to daily work requests due to crews responding to storm-related emergencies.

Official notices will be posted at the OSU-CHS website and sent through email from OSU-CHS News. In addition, updates will also be posted to the OSU-CHS Facebook and Twitter pages.

July 24, 2013, 10 p.m.

OSU-CHS, HCC Open Thursday

Due to damage sustained from the overnight severe weather, OSU Center for Health Sciences, OSU Health Care Center and Clinical Financial Services will be closed Wednesday, July 24.

The Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center sustained roof damage from the 80 mph winds sustained during last night's storms. The Phoenix Building, Clinical Financial Services and the Health Care Center were also impacted by the storms.

OSU-CHS security, Physical Plant and Safety officers are assessing damage to the facilities. Updates will be posted at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu, through email from OSU-CHS news and at 918-582-1972. In addition, updates will also be posted to the OSU-CHS Facebook and Twitter pages.

July 24, 2013, 4:40 p.m.

Power restored to OSU-CHS, tentative opening tomorrow

Up-close view of roof damage at OSU-CHS caused by the storm.Power has been restored to the OSU Center for Health Sciences and crews are working to secure the damaged roof following last night's storm. High winds associated with the storm blew the Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center roof on to 17th Street and knocked out power to campus.

AEP-PSO was able to restore electricity to campus this afternoon. Crews are still working to return power to the Health Care Center, Clinical Financial Services and the Phoenix Building.

Workers have completed the preliminary assessment of the roof and steps to remove the remaining damaged portion will continue for the next few days. Officials anticipate that 17th Street may be blocked by construction equipment as crews remove the remainder of the roof and install a temporary replacement.

OSU-CHS is tentatively scheduled to re-open tomorrow. Please check for confirmation at the OSU-CHS website in the morning. Official updates will also be sent through email from OSU-CHS News and posted to the OSU-CHS Facebook and Twitter pages.

Faculty, staff and students will need to enter the parking lot off Southwest Boulevard, on the northwest side of campus, or utilize the east entrance from Jackson Avenue. 

July 24, 2013, Noon

Crews assessing OSU-CHS storm damage, campus remains closed

Damage at OSU-CHS WednesdayThe OSU Center for Health Sciences remains closed today as crews work to assess the damage and restore electricity to campus. During the overnight storms, a portion of the Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center roof was blown off the building and landed on 17th Street.

OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences President Howard Barnett, OSU-CHS Provost Kayse Shrum, Safety Officer Matt Sharpe, Emergency Operations Manager Dale Chapman and Physical Plant Director Jeff Evans have been in discussions since early this morning to evaluate the extent of the damage.

Currently, power is out at OSU-CHS. During the initial stages and throughout the event, back-up generators have provided electricity for essential equipment, freezers, refrigerators and incubators. Crews are working to clean up the debris from the roof and clear 17th Street.

Distant view of damage to OSU-CHS roofThe distinctive orange-colored upper roof that was blown off was a secondary roof. Engineers are evaluating the remaining roof structure for safety and security concerns.

AEP/PSO is on site working with OSU personnel to determine the best course of action to restore power to the facility. All offices are closed. Students, faculty and staff must remain off campus until official notice is given that the facility has re-opened.

Official notices will be posted at the OSU-CHS website and sent through email from OSU-CHS News. In addition, updates will also be posted to the OSU-CHS Facebook and Twitter pages.

July 24, 2013, 5:20 a.m.

OSU Center for Health Sciences, HCC, Clinical Financial Services closed Wednesday

Due to damage sustained from the overnight severe weather, OSU Center for Health Sciences, OSU Health Care Center and Clinical Financial Services will be closed Wednesday, July 24.

The Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center sustained roof damage from the 80 mph winds sustained during last night's storms. The Phoenix Building, Clinical Financial Services and the Health Care Center were also impacted by the storms.

OSU-CHS security, Physical Plant and Safety officers are assessing damage to the facilities. Updates will be posted at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu, through email from OSU-CHS news and at 918-582-1972. In addition, updates will also be posted to the OSU-CHS Facebook and Twitter pages.

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