Over the past two days, Loyola’s campus has been rained on with blustering winds and new cold temperatures.
Chicago’s hazardous weather Oct. 25 came with temperatures at about 45 degrees Fahrenheit, winds up to 40 mph and a Lakeshore flood advisory, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The lakeshore flood advisory was in effect until 5 p.m. This advisory warned of large waves up to 12 feet, waves of this magnitude can result in shoreline erosion, lakeshore flooding and dangerous conditions near the lakefront, according to NWS.
About 2.26 inches of rain fell over a 24-hour period near Chicago O’Hare International airport, according to NWS.
Some buildings at Loyola have been experiencing leaks due to the consistent heavy rains, coupled with the extreme winds, according to Senior Associate Vice President for Facilities Kana Henning.
“We are aware of many reports of water leaks on campus this morning as a result of the wind-driven rains,” Henning said in an email to The Phoenix. “We experienced leaks along eastern elevations of our buildings, especially those closest to the lake, through doors and windows and in other locations through roof leaks.”
Henning said Loyola maintenance and housekeeping teams have been attending to the leaks, cleaning up and making repairs as quickly as they can, but it will take some time.
Sasha Adkins, a professor at the school of environmental sustainability, said warmer weather in the Chicagoland area means more precipitation as warm air holds more moisture.
“We are going to see increases in flooding quite likely and that’s certainly an issue for the Lake Shore Campus,” Adkins said.
Adkins said the university should work to foster more green spaces, more rain gardens and more permeable pavement so that water can infiltrate into the earth instead of runoff. Although they made these suggestions, Adkins said the university has a greater ability to protect itself from changing weather conditions compared to other communities with less resources.
“It’s part of our Jesuit values that we are people for others,” Adkins said. “[I’m] thinking about how our resources, our time, our energy, can be put into shoring up defense for all, particularly the marginalized and not just us.”