Update: Keyano College responding to flooding situation

Posted On Wednesday April 29, 2020

Keyano College is still functioning as an institution despite its main campus and associated downtown buildings being impacted by floodwaters.

The Main College campuses were evacuated on April 27 following orders from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Before evacuating, staff shut down power to the downtown campus and moved IT servers to the Suncor Energy Industrial Centre to ensure operations at the College could continue.

Although no physical assessment of the downtown College property is possible at this time, drone footage of the area shows flood waters have likely impacted sections of the main Clearwater campus, the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre, the Bob Lamb Industrial Training Centre, and the Oil Sands Power and Engineering Lab. College residences, Riedel, Penhorwood, and Clearwater Hall may also be impacted to varying degrees.

From the beginning of this crisis, the College’s main focus has been the safety of its employees and students. The College activated its emergency response team and moved quickly to close and secure all facilities. Students and employees living in Penhorwood, and Clearwater Hall residences were evacuated prior to the official notice being received, as a precaution.

With these events, the College is delaying the pending May 4 launch of its spring semester for a week and will also delay the opening of registration for its fall semester for a short time.

We’d like to thank all employees, many who have gone above and beyond during these trying times. Please note that all College downtown facilities and property is off limits to all until further notice.

More information for students and employees can be found at keyano.ca/floodinformation.