STORM UPDATES (8/30, 8:00 a.m.)

August 28th, 2011 by Adam

August 30, 2011 8:00 a.m.

Route 175A into Plymouth is now open to vehicles. Beware of emergency and service vehicles using the road to access buildings and sites damaged by Sunday’s storm and subsequent floods.

Also today, August 30, is PSU move-in day. Police may direct traffic in and around the University to maintain vehicular flow.


River water dangers noted

August 29, 2011 5:15 p.m.

The flooded Pemigewasset may look attractive for floating a canoe, kayak or raft down swift water, but the water contains many dangers.

The Pemi current is now stronger than usual, and unpredictable. Previously visible rocks and outcroppings are now hidden by the swollen river and could lead to a serious accident.
More dangerous are the numerous health concerns. In the course of its leaving its banks and returning, the river has picked up numerous contaminants from septic systems, waste water treatment plants, trash and garbage piles, and other sources. Flooded waters frequently contain elevated levels of E-coli and other harmful bacteria.

Area residents and visitors have been warned to avoid any contact with the Pemi water including wading, swimming or boating.


August 29, 2011 5:00 p.m.

Route 175A (Holderness Road) remains closed due to water covering the road. More information will be posted as it becomes available.


Route 175A Closed

August 28, 2011 10:45 p.m.

Route 175A is now closed from the I-93 interchange to the PSU Welcome Center and Ice Arena.


August 27, 2011 11:50 p.m.

The Lamson Library & Learning Commons & the ITS Help Desk will be closed Sunday (August 28) due to Hurricane Irene. Monday’s schedule is TBD.


August 26, 2011 11:20 p.m.

[A letter sent this evening (August 27) to all PSU students]

Dear Students,

Here is some updated information on our revised opening plans, Orientation, and the potential Hurricane impact on New Hampshire. The forecast for Sunday continues to call for potentially damaging heavy rain and winds. Student move in has been moved to Tuesday, August 30, with registration and orientation activities taking place Wednesday, August 31. The first day of class is now scheduled for Thursday, September 1. We will also have our fall convocation Wednesday afternoon at 3:00. Please read the detailed information below:

Orientation: Wednesday, August 31st. Mandatory check in is 8a.m.-10a.m. (A separate notification and revised schedule will be sent to those expected to attend orientation)

Classes begin: Thursday, September 1st at 8a.m.

Add/drop and Confirmation Deadline: Friday, September 9th*

*Add/drops may be processed:

– Online via Self-Service Student Web Registration through Wednesday, September 7th

– In the registrar’s office through Friday, September 9th

– Due to the holiday, Monday ONLY classes may be dropped through Wednesday, September 14th without penalty.

Students who have logistical issues with a weekday arrival (such as transportation) will not be penalized for missing these first two days of classes. These students should work out alternative move in plans with the Residential Life office (535-2260) and also notify the Undergraduate Studies office (535-2235). We will NOT be using our usual First Day Drop process and the add/drop deadline has been extended to September 9th. Faculty have been asked to refrain from dropping any students from classes if they are not in class for the first meeting or otherwise penalizing students for absences until after Labor Day.

We do understand that extended power outages may prevent communication and hope to accommodate those affected by the hurricane in any way we can so not to disrupt your studies here at the university.


Before leaving. . .

* POWER DOWN and UNPLUG all computers, monitors, printers and other electronic equipment to avoid damage that may occur due to power outages or power surges. If you live near the river or in lower levels of buildings you should also move any valuables that might be located on the floor to the tops of desks/dressers/tables in case of flooding.

* Close all windows in your residence hall rooms or apartments to keep out wind-blown rain.

* If you or others you know have cars parked in lots 502, 503 and 603 (the PE Center and Ice Arena lots), have them move their cars to the main campus to be safe in the event of flooding. Students may park in any campus lot through Monday afternoon. (Please do not park at metered spaces, in downtown Plymouth or in handicap spaces without a proper permit).

* For students who need to remain on campus, the Hartman Union Building is the primary emergency shelter for this region if a state of emergency is declared by the State or Town. The HUB will be outfitted with all available homeland security provisions needed to operate such a shelter. If you live on campus, check with Residential Life staff if you have concerns regarding safety, food or shelter.

The only thing left for us is to see what happens this weekend. If you have not already done so, please opt-in to the new PSU text alert system at to be notified if additional changes are made to our schedule. Official PSU information will be posted at and on the PSU stormline (535-3535) as necessary.


August 26, 2011 4:00 pm

Student Orientation Schedule

Click here for updated move in and orientation information


August 25, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Hurricane Irene Forces Move In Delay

Because of forecasts of dangerous weather from Hurricane Irene, Plymouth State University will delay its student move-in, originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday August 27 and August 28, until Tuesday August 30. Registration and orientation activities will be held Wednesday August 31. The start of classes will be announced through the Plymouth State website.

We realize this delay may inconvenience some students and families, but the top priority for University officials is student safety. This is predicted to be a very dangerous storm with possible power outages, localized flooding, and other hazardous conditions on campus and en route to campus.

The PSU campus also serves the local community as an emergency shelter. Although the campus will be closed for move-in, students already on campus will be accommodated, but those who are able to go home safely are encouraged to do so and return Tuesday.

PSU officials are currently working with local officials to develop new move-in plans for Tuesday. Information will be posted on the Plymouth State website ( and available through the PSU stormline (603-535-3535).

Notices will also be sent through the PSU text alert system. Students who have not yet opted in to the service should register at