Short power outage leaves campus in the dark

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

A brief power outage struck the University and Campustown today around 1:30 p.m.

Kelly Hendrickson, spokeswoman for Ameren Illinois, confirmed that over 4,000 customers were affected by the outage that lasted less than 10 minutes.

Hendrickson said a malfunctioning feeder, which is a power supply source, caused the outage. The power supply was then directed to another source to get customers’ power back on quickly. 

Steve Breitwieser, manager of communications and external relations for the University’s Facilities and Services, said several University facilities were affected, including the Police Training Institute, Sherman Hall, Irwin Academic Services Center and the Laboratory for Optical Physics and Engineering.

The outage was reported across Green Street and Campustown, including several private certified houses.

Rahul Hosdurg, freshman in Business, wasn’t affected by the outage but heard about it on Twitter.

“One of my friends got trapped in the elevator at (Bromley Hall),” Hosdurg said. “They lost the power there. I have another friend who’s at Newman Hall who lost power there, too.”    

Breitwieser said power was restored at 1:46 p.m.

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