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UMFK ACTS TO COUNTER FLOOD THREAT TO CAMPUS

April 30, 2008

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent today will evacuate residential halls on campus and has cancelled classes for the remainder of the week, as flood waters on the Fish and St. John rivers threatened the campus, knocked out area roadways, and closed the municipal sewer plant that serves the community and campus. 

Approximately 150 students will be evacuated at 1 p.m. today, to temporary living quarters at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and at Northern Maine Community College until further notice.  The move is necessitated by the closing of sewers in Fort Kent and the resulting curtailment of shower and toilet facilities.  

The University will hold regular classes on Monday and Tuesday, May 5 and 6 to allow students to get the necessary program content and assignments completed before finals. 

Final exams will be condensed to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 7, 8, and 9.  The University will hold its 126th Commencement next Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. 

The University will make individual arrangements with students, such as homeowners dealing with flooding, on an individual basis.