Flooding or Leaks

Flooding or Leaks

Important safety information: 

  • Do not enter standing water.
  • Water can carry and electric current without any visible signs. This can be dangerous.  
  • Assume the water is dangerous until a qualified assessment is complete. 
  • Some flooding may contain hazardous materials or sewage. 
  • Do not use elevators during a flood.

Flooding tips if the area is safe:

  • Turn off electrical devices. 
  • If there are hazardous materials involved (chemicals, asbestos, sewage, etc.), refer to the Hazardous Materials procedure.
  • If the water is entering from the roof and it is related to a storm, relocate to a safer area of the building or an alternate location. Leaking from the roof following a storm may indicate structural instability or an otherwise unsafe condition and needs to be inspected.
  • Move property that may become wet or damaged to an elevated area.
  • Use absorbent materials or barriers to contain the affected area.
  • Isolate the affected area. 

Harvard University
Police Department (HUPD)


Urgent: 617-495-1212
Longwood: 617-432-1212
Business: 617-495-1215

Visit the HUPD website for more information.