Cal State San Bernardino buildings severely damaged by recent flooding

Several buildings at Cal State San Bernardino suffered severe damage from the recent flooding there, leaving university officials scrambling to relocate classes and workspaces.

Restoration efforts continue across campus, according to a Sept. 18 internal memo shared with this news organization.

“Crews continue to work around the clock to remove wet building materials and to restore our campus spaces,” the email reads. “In general, we ask that all campus community members stay out of flood impacted areas.”

CSUSB officials have yet to determine the cost of the damages, according to a university spokesperson.

Heavy rain caused flooding in areas across the region earlier this month, leading to a swift-water rescue in San Bernardino and mudslides in Forest Falls and Oak Glen. The mudslides killed one woman, 62-year-old Doris Jagiello, who was buried by the debris that overran her property in Forest Falls.

Among the affected facilities damaged at CSUSB, Coussoulis Arena, the venue for Coyotes sports teams, will be closed for several months while the university replaces the arena floor. Events scheduled for the gymnasium will be moved to alternate locations.

Additionally, all three Santos Manuel Student Union buildings were significantly impacted by flooding.

The first floor of the newly-expanded SMSU North remains closed, as does the entire SMSU South. The lower level of SMSU East was severely damaged, and access is restricted.

Elsewhere on campus, the Faculty Office Building is expected to be without power until October. As a result, faculty and staff with offices in and around the area will need to work remotely for the next several weeks. Those who work out of the Veteran’s Success Center will be doing the same after their headquarters was significantly damaged due to flooding.

With the Performing Arts Building also severely impacted by water intrusion, temporary classroom trailers are expected to be placed on campus in the coming days for music and theater students.

The University Hall Basement was entirely flooded, according to the email, but all upper floor classrooms and offices are operational. The Infant and Toddler Lab School will relocate to the Yasuda Center while remediation and reconstruction work is carried out there.

Lastly, basement offices and classrooms in the old Pfau Library building remain closed. The Wedge portion of the basement is operational, as are second floor classrooms and offices.

“The health and well-being of the campus community is our top priority,” the email reads.