Power outage aftermath

Members of University Dining Services set out bottles of water and snacks for residents of the Kerr and Drummond dormitories. Power was lost around 11 p.m. Thursday and took the majority of Friday to repair.

Power outages can cause a lot of stress and a lot of delays, especially when they occur in the middle of the night.

Oklahoma State University students currently housed in the Kerr Drummond dormitories awoke Friday morning to no power and no alarm clocks, which for some meant no class.

Thursday around 11 p.m., power was lost to the both the Kerr and Drummond buildings as well as the complex in between the two, housing the on campus grocery store Twenty Something and a few restaurants.

Two cables that connect the buildings to the Electrical Distribution Center overheated and were badly burned.

James Rosner, Director of Energy Services at Oklahoma State University, said this is a problem that has occurred before.

“We experienced a major outage like this about 10 months ago that took Kerr Drummond down for about 12 hours.”

The problem, according to Rosner lies in the cabling that is all original from when the Kerr Drummond dormitories were first built in 1966.

“The cables are as old as the building itself. It’s part of the reason the buildings are needing to be demolished.”

The demolition of Kerr Drummond has been in the talks for some time now, but Rosner was unsure when the event would take place.

As the most recent power outage, Rosner said crews were working through the night and found the problem Friday morning.

“We located the problem about 9 a.m. and had initiated a plan by 10 that would take us at least eight hours to accomplish.”

Rosner said the lines would have to be cut with new cables brought in and spliced together, followed by a full test of the new lines before everything could be up and running again.

“Everyone in the building is safe, though, no one trapped anywhere,” Rosner said.

As of 5:30 p.m. on Friday the power was still out.

Timothy Cole is a reporter for the Stillwater News Press

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