Severe weekend weather — Homecoming events cancelled

22 Sep 2022
Severe weather currently impacting Sackville.

Update Sept. 24, 2 p.m. — The storm is continuing to significantly impact the Sackville area and campus. Severe wind conditions are forecast to continue for some time yet. If you do not need to go outside, please consider staying indoors. If you do need to venture outside, please use extra caution.

Student Centre to open at 2 p.m.
The Wallace McCain Student Centre will open at 2 p.m. today and remain open for the balance of the evening at regularly scheduled hours. The Fitness Centre will open at 2 p.m. and close at 6 p.m.

Campus to re-open effective Sunday morning, Sept. 25

All buildings on campus will re-open on Sunday, Sept. 25 at their regular Sunday hours. For the balance of Saturday, buildings other than the Student Centre and Jennings will remain closed for clean-up and preparation for Sunday.

Thank you to Facilities, Grounds, Security, Dining Services, and other support staff for their preparation and work throughout the weekend.

Power outages impacting some areas of Sackville; campus has power at this time
Currently, the MtA campus has power. However, numerous areas and neighbourhoods in Sackville do not. As the storm is continuing this situation may change. Continue to keep your devices charged if you can.

Warming and charging stations - Sackville Civic Centre and Curling Club to open
The Town of Sackville has opened these two locations for use as a place to warm up if needed with the ability to charge devices if you do not have access to power.

Jennings Dining Hall will remain open and operate regular hours over the weekend.

Please continue to monitor forecasts and stay inside as much as possible.

  • All scheduled Homecoming events this weekend are postponed or cancelled
  • The soccer games originally scheduled for Friday will take place at Acadia on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. The football game originally scheduled for Saturday vs. StFX has been moved to Sunday, Sept. 25 under the lights at 7 p.m. on Alumni Field.

Be prepared and stay safe

As the severity of the weather is uncertain, it’s important to stay tuned to weather alerts, be prepared for potential power outages, and exercise caution when moving around campus and the community. Note that even if there are power outages in the area, operations such as the heating plant, security, residences, and the dining hall will be maintained on campus.

You can help us keep our buildings safe, warm, and dry by keeping windows closed. If you observe damage to facilities on campus, such as leaks or wind damage, you can report them by calling FIXIT at 506-364-2444 during business hours or e-mailing Alternatively, call Security at 506-364-2228. In an emergency, dial 911 for police, fire, or ambulance.

Vehicles Parked in King Street Lot must be relocated Friday evening

In the event of heavy rainfall, the King St. parking lot is susceptible to extensive flooding. 

Those who have vehicles parked in the King St. lot are asked to move their vehicles to the Edwards/Thornton, Lansdowne, or other campus parking lots on Friday night, Sept. 23 sometime between 5-10 p.m. This will help ensure your vehicle is not subjected to flood conditions and will assist parking lot cleanup efforts.

Emergency Notification System – MtA Alert

In the event the University needs to communicate urgently with the community regarding a campus closure or emergency situation, you will be notified through Mount Allison’s emergency notification system — MtA Alert. These messages will automatically be sent to your MtA e-mail, but you can also sign up to receive alerts through text message, an alternate e-mail, or phone call. To provide alternate contact information, visit the “Emergency contact information” page under the “Emergency notification” section of Connect.

Thank you to our community

Although this decision has been made with safety in mind, we know many months of planning and preparation have gone into this Homecoming Weekend. I want to thank our staff and students, particularly the Alumni Engagement Office, for their hard work and commitment to this important annual event. 

If you are planning to gather privately this weekend, please do so safely and respect your neighbours and community. 

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