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Power failure cancels day, evening classes on UB’s South Campus

The University at Buffalo South Campus in Buffalo was still blacked out late Wednesday, more than 12 hours after a power failure forced cancellation of all South Campus day and evening classes.

A UB spokesman reported late Wednesday that National Grid crews would work through the night to restore service. University officials said that they will announce by 6 a.m. Thursday whether classes will be able to resume.

The power went out at 8:33 a.m. Wednesday and all classes were canceled by 10 a.m. The university advised essential employees to remain at work and all other employees to check with their supervisors.

The university put out an alert at 10:35 a.m. saying that the power failure affected all buildings and facilities on the South Campus, which is at Main Street and Bailey Avenue.

All telephone and information technology services were out of service, the university reported on its website. Emergency generators were providing power for hallway lighting, exit signs and fire safety systems. UB police stepped up patrols of the South Campus.

North Campus classes continued as scheduled and bus service between the two campuses was not interrupted.

The UB website also noted that students were provided with flashlights and glow sticks when the blackout continued into the evening. Students who normally eat at Goodyear Dining Hall on the South Campus were advised to use North Campus dining facilities.

Power crews were doing maintenance work prior to the power outage, the UB spokesman said. He said the power company indicated that while one of the two electrical systems serving the campus was shut down for repairs, the other one failed.