Power outage

NORMAL — Repairs continued Friday night on electrical equipment that left several Illinois State University campus buildings without power for much of the morning and forced the cancellation of classes at the Center for Visual Arts.

The problems was first reported about midnight and Ameren Illinois crews found an open breaker at one of the campus substations, said Ameren spokeswoman Stacey Shangraw. Later, they discovered an underground connector had malfunctioned, she said.

The Center for Visual Arts, CVA Rotunda and Visor Center remained closed all day Friday.

Also affected were Hewett and Manchester halls and part of Watterson Towers. The three residence halls and Watterson Dining Commons remained open.

Classes and activities in Centennial East and Centennial West were held, but there was no computer network or campus connectivity available.

Power was restored in the north tower of Watterson about 7 a.m. and at Manchester and Hewitt shortly after that, said ISU spokesman Eric Jome. The south tower of Watterson and the dining center were not affected.

Power was restored to all facilities by 9 a.m., according to Shangraw.

“It's fairly fortunate this was in the wee hours of the morning when the majority of people were asleep,” said Jome. "It could have been a lot more hectic and a lot more disruptive."

Emergency lighting operated during the outage, he said. 

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