Power Failures Affect UI Campus, Champaign County


A failure at an AmerenIP substation at Sidney cut power to most of the University Illinois' Urbana campus for about six hours yesterday (Sunday).

The outage began around 3:15 yesterday afternoon, and ended for most campus buildings shortly after 9 PM. Campus Police say power was back on to all buildings by midnight. Spokesperson Robin Kaler said in a news release that the outage forced dormitory dining halls to serve cold dinners last night. Some campus events were cancelled, including a concert by rap artist T.I. at the Assembly Hall, and a klezmer band performance at the Krannert Center. Campus police put additional patrols on campus yesterday ... and alerted managers of buildings where critical research is conducted to take appropriate action.

U of I officials expected steam heat to be restored to campus buildings overnight. Campus police went from building to building overnight, to make sure air handlers and chillers had restarted.

Story source: AP