Some NIU Buildings Experience Leaks From Thunderstorm

May 12, 2016
Chase Cavanaugh

Last night’s thunderstorm resulted in water leaking into several structures at Northern Illinois University. 

One foot of water seeped into New Hall’s basement, which triggered a fire alarm and resulted in the building’s temporary evacuation.  NIU Spokesman Joe King says other areas were affected, but the damage was minor. 

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 Wednesday night's thunderstorms brought lightning, heavy rains, and strong winds to northern Illinois. Wind gusts hit 70 mph just south of Rockford, and 60 mph in DeKalb. The storm drenched Elgin with over an inch of rain in 20 minutes. A ComEd spokesperson says the storms resulted in more than 160,000 outages in northern Illinois.