UMass-Boston shuts down campus buildings due to water main break

The University of Massachusetts Boston shut down buildings on its campus this morning after a water main broke at a campus utility plant, the school said in a memo sent to students, faculty, and staff.

All campus buildings are evacuated and closed for safety reasons, though there is no emergency, Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance Ellen M. O’Connor said in the memo. The school cannot provide any water on campus, making it unable to provide fire protection or operate restrooms and other facilities.

Summer classes were in session today; students can remain on campus grounds just not go inside buildigns. In the meantime, O’Connor encouraged evacuated students to walk around HarborWalk or spend time on the plaza or lawn.

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The buildings are expected to reopen at noon.