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Thunderstorm causes minor flooding, muddies campus

(7-19-2000) The Tuesday afternoon thunderstorm that poured two inches of rainwater in 20 minutes on Chestnut Hill caused minor flooding at Boston College. It also left behind broken tree limbs and a muddied campus, spurring a round of clean-up operations by Building and Grounds staff yesterday and today.

University administrators said that the most extensive flooding was in the basement level of the Beacon Street parking garage and in front of the Flynn Recreation Complex. They blamed the deluge on the storm's unique intensity and accompanying hail which, combined with the subsequent run-off of bark mulch, caused temporary clogging in the campus drainage system. The flooding was not expected to have any effect on campus parking and traffic, however.

A disruption of telephone service was reported in some sections of campus but was restored shortly.

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