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University disruption “to last months”

22.01.2021 - 10:39
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The ground floor of the University of Iceland’s Gimli building will be out of use for several months following yesterday’s burst water main. The lecture halls on the ground floor of Háskólatorg will also remain out of action. All scheduled teaching in the affected rooms has been moved online.

Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland, says efforts are being made to minimise the impact of the leak on Suðurgata that flooded much of the main campus at Iceland’s biggest university. Fire crews worked to pump water out of buildings until lunchtime yesterday.

The university is looking for suitable office space for its social sciences department, usually located in Gimli, and alternative classrooms are also needed while repair work is ongoing. 

The cafeteria and bookshop in Háskólatorg were closed yesterday but are open today, as is the service desk. The Stúdentakjallarinn bar will open again tomorrow. 

“I am first and foremost thankful to the many people, our staff and firefighters, who worked hard last night under difficult conditions to restrict the damage as much as possible,” Jón Atli said yesterday.  

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