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Power outage affects Creighton campus

Update, March 2, 4:40 p.m.: An additional generator has arrived on campus and will be used to power Criss II and III. As noted by the recent facilities alert, there will be a disruption in service Wednesday around 7 p.m., for up to 30 minutes as those buildings are changed over to the new generator. We want to thank you for for all your efforts so far in helping curtail energy usage in the affected buildings. The cause of Wednesday morning's outage was a breaker on the generator that tripped for an unknown reason. Power was out for about 35 minutes. Heat and hot water are up and running in Kiewit and Gallagher residence halls. Skutt Student Center should resume normal food services and hours Thursday. Becker Dining Hall will remain closed Thursday. All events and activities scheduled for Wednesday evening in the buildings originally affected by the power outage will occur according to schedule.

Update, March 2, 11:30 a.m.: Creighton University dining options are currently observing energy conservation hours. Becker Dining Hall, along with Mein Bowl, Godfather's and Starbucks in the Skutt Student Center are closed. Brandeis Hall, all locations in the Harper Center, the Java Jay and the Wareham C-Store are all open. In the Wareham Court inside Skutt Student Center, Erbert & Gerbert's is serving only cold sandwiches and Corner Market is serving only the salad entrée.

Update, March 2, 10:20 a.m.: Power has been restored to all buildings on campus. All scheduled classes and activities are proceeding.

Update, March 2, 10 a.m.: Currently, power is out on campus, west of 24th Street. We anticipate this to be a short-term outage. An update is expected by 11:30 a.m.

Update, March 2, 8:30 a.m.: Kiewit and Gallagher residence halls will open at 9 a.m., with limited heat and hot water available. Becker Dining Hall will not be open for lunch today. Skutt Student Center is open, but retail operations including Starbucks are currently unavailable. Facilities staff are turning off all unnecessary lights to help conserve energy and are asking for help from students, faculty and staff to help with energy conservation until further notice. While a permanent solution is being worked on, the campus community is asked to please turn off all non-essential items including lights in unoccupied rooms, space heaters, fans, etc.

Update, March 2, 5:50 a.m.: Power was restored during the night to all buildings affected by Tuesday's power outage west of 24th Street. All Creighton University classes and operations will resume this morning. Students should monitor or check with their residence hall regarding the exact time of reopening of residence halls.

Update, March 1, 10 p.m.: Temporary power restoration is being attempted using back-up generators, but it will be early Wednesday morning before Creighton officials determine whether classes will be held in buildings in the affected area or if employees in the outage zone should report to work. Keep checking or Omaha-area news media for updates. Due to the power outage on Tuesday and demand on the back-up generators, Creighton officials are asking faculty, staff, and students for their cooperation with conserving energy until further notice. Specifically, members of the campus community are asked to turn off non-essential items including lights in unoccupied rooms, space heaters, fans, etc.

Shortly after 10 a.m., March 1, Creighton University experienced a power outage affecting many campus buildings west of 24th Street.

The outage was caused by a failure on two circuits of Creighton’s service just west of the intersection of 24th and Burt streets. The problem was not with Omaha Public Power District’s (OPPD) lines.

Creighton officials do not know how long the outage will last but are working to restore power as soon as possible. A large back-up generator and transformer will help provide power until the lines are fully repaired.

The steam leak near 25th and Burt streets is being investigated and may be related to the power outage.

Telephone and wireless service on campus went down but has been restored.

Some buildings lost back-up lighting and those facilities were evacuated based on safety procedures. Classes and business operations east of 24th Street were not impacted.

Accommodations for residence hall students affected by the outage have been made in the DJ Sokol Arena in the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center. Cots have been ordered for the displaced students and the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency has been helping set up those cots.

Students also are encouraged to stay with family or friends off campus, if possible.

Classes scheduled for 5 p.m. or later today (March 1) in buildings west of 24th street and east of Highway 75 are canceled. All classes in the Harper Center, the Law School, and Lied Education Center for the Arts will continue as scheduled. Additional information will be released through CU Alert or Creighton Today as it becomes available.

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