Washtenaw Community College will be closed Wednesday for repairs, officials say

ANN ARBOR – Officials say that Washtenaw Community College will continue to be closed on Wednesday for repairs to a sanitary drain line.

The Ann Arbor college was closed on Tuesday for “emergency infrastructure repairs” and classes and campus events were canceled.

On-campus classes are canceled for Wednesday but virtual and online classes will meet. Services provided by the WCC Welcome Center and Advising will be offered virtually.

The campus closure was due to a leak from a sanitary drain line. WCC facilities department members found the leak around 4:30 p.m. on Monday and were able to shut off the line and contain the leak by 7:20 p.m.

“A decision was made to close campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 8 and 9, so that repairs could be made to this section of the drainage system. The leak caused sewage to spill into the campus storm water retention system. Washtenaw Community College has two large retention ponds that are connected together before the water discharges into Swift Run Creek.

The college is implementing an immediate solution to address the issue while taking steps toward a permanent fix which will involve replacing the affected sanitary drain pipe system,” WCC officials wrote in a release.

On-campus activities and classes are expected to resume on Thursday.

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