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Jan. 26, 2010
Maryville, Mo. - A weather-related issue caused the Northwest campus to lose power at 8:38 a.m. today.
The Northwest Leadership Team began assembling immediately and discussed contingency plans in the case that power could not be restored quickly. Campus staff stayed in contact with KCPL workers to resolve the problem.
A text message was sent at 8:57 a.m. to students and staff via Northwest's alert system acknowledging the campus had no power, but classes would continue where possible. At 9:01 a.m., power was restored and a second text was sent advising that the campus was returning to normal working conditions.
The Leadership Team learned, however, that the campus's network had not been fully restored. At 9:24 a.m., a text message was sent asking for patience while the campus systems recuperated. The Leadership Team was advised the campus's systems would be restored within an hour of power being restored.
The Leadership Team was informed the outage occurred because of an issue at the off campus co-op. Reports said a 72,000-volt line took on moisture, causing an insulator to crack. The cold air also affected motors and workers manually switched the line to restore power.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468