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Power outages reported Friday across IU Bloomington campus



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Emergency lights are turned on Nov. 8 in Franklin Hall. Campus experienced a power outage in some of its buildings. Claire Livingston Buy Photos

Update 9:05 p.m.

Power has been restored to all buildings, according to an IU Notify alert. IU spokesperson Chuck Carney confirmed 55 buildings in total were affected by today’s outage.

Update 5:07 p.m.

IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said power is expected to be restored around 6:30 p.m. today.

Carney said an incident at the Duke Energy substation around 10:14 a.m. oversurged IU's distribution center. The surge created an arc and a small fire that melted a cable, causing the outage.

Update 4:13 p.m.

Crews are continuing work to restore power to buildings, with a focus on residence halls and research labs, according to an IU Notify alert. A full power restoration is expected in four to six hours.

Update 3:07 p.m.

There still is no solid timeline for restoring all power to campus. Residence halls and research facilities should expect to regain power first, an IU Notify sent to faculty and staff said. Other buildings won't have power restored until after the regular work day.

Of the 47 buildings that lost power, IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said the following have regained power:

  • School of Optometry Building
  • Simon Hall
  • Chemistry Building
  • Goodbody Hall
  • The School of Public Health
  • Morrison Hall
  • Memorial Hall
  • Sycamore Hall
  • The Eskenazi Museum
  • Fine Arts Building
  • Radio-Television Building
  • Musical Arts Center
  • Global and International Studies Building
  • Parts of Wells Library

Update 2:21 p.m.

IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said a cable failure caused the outage.


Update 1:13 p.m.

Duke Energy tentatively said power should return around 2:30, IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said.

Carney also confirmed 47 buildings have been affected, but there is not yet an official list.

In the two hours since power first went out, various building staffs have been using Twitter to communicate the status of their buildings.


Update 11:47 a.m.

An IUB alert was sent out at 11:45 a.m., nearly an hour and a half after the power outage.

"Power outages in 40 campus buildings. Students, check with instructors to determine if class is meeting. Avoid elevators in buildings with no power," it read.


Update 11:30 a.m.

Carney confirmed 40 buildings are affected, including the Indiana Memorial Union, Franklin Hall, Wells Library, Bryan Hall and Radio-Television Building. All but one of the affected buildings are south of 10th Street.

Three Duke Energy distribution centers on South Rogers Street went out at about 10:14 a.m., Carney said.

There is no estimate on how long the outage will last, nor how long backup generators will run.


Update 11:14 a.m.

IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said classes are not canceled school-wide. It is up to each instructor because the university doesn't have a timeline for restoring power.


Update 11:09 a.m.

The Student Recreational Sports Center remains open, along with the Kelley School of Business and O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs information commons.


Update 11:02 a.m.

Various buildings across campus are affected.

Wells Library staff told students in a tweet not to use elevators. The IU Archives are also without power.

IU Dining said in a tweet that all IMU dining options are closed.

Students sit during a power outage Nov. 8 at the Indiana Memorial Union. The power outage affected many buildings across campus. Claire Livingston Buy Photos

Campus buses are still running, the IDS confirmed.


Update 10:50 a.m.

Protect IU said there is no estimate on power restoration.


Update 10:43 a.m.

IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said the outage was caused by a failure at a Duke Energy substation.


Power outages have been reported across campus, IU officials confirmed in a tweet.

This story will be updated.

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