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Likely flooding prompts Northwood University to evacuate students

Students pack up their belongings to evacuate Northwood dorms. Students pack up their belongings to evacuate Northwood dorms.

The rising waters and what the National Weather Service calls a likely flood has prompted Northwood University to evacuate students from the Village Apartments.

"They told us that the rain was coming, and it is in our best interest to pack up and get out of 'The Ville' entirely," explained Northwood Senior Jake Riepma, who was evacuating Wednesday night.

The Village Apartments are on the southeast side of campus, and Northwood University officials say the area is likely to flood.

"Protect the students first, their valuables, make sure they're safe and make sure their family knows they're safe," said Northwood University Dean of Students Larry Lindsey.

Lindsey said many of the students have plans to stay at a friend's apartment or home, and for those who don't have that option, the university has offered hotel rooms and other dorm rooms as the water rises.

"We don't want to wake up, floating away in the Tittabawassee River. That'd probably be a bad dream," said Riepma.

The Village Apartments are just feet from the rising Tittabawassee River, which is expected to crest at 32 feet on Saturday. In 1986, the dorm rooms in the same location flooded when the water crested at record levels of 34 feet.

Classes are canceled on both Thursday and Friday. University officials tell TV5 they will assess the situation on Monday. The university has only three weeks of classes remaining.

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