All of East Campus, which comprises the Edmund A. Walsh Building and Nevils and LXR residence halls, lost power yesterday around 12:30 p.m., according to Director of Media Relations Rachel Pugh. After the weather delayed facilities workers on the ground, power was restored around 3 a.m. today.
Patrick Killilee, executive director of student housing, sent an email to East Campus residents at about 8:30 p.m., notifying them that the university had a generator on the way for the evening but encouraging students to seek housing elsewhere.
“We can offer temporary housing in current vacancies in rooms and apartments with other students. If you are staying in a temporary space, you will need to take bedding with you, and other supplies you may need,” Killilee said in the email.
Students were also able to borrow air mattresses, a few of which were available in the Leavey Center, according to the email.
By 4:45 a.m., however, the university operating status site said that full power had been restored. Killilee sent out an email at 7:30 a.m. confirming the status.
“Early this morning power was restored to East Campus. With the exception of one elevator in LXR, all systems are working properly,” he said. ” While Facilities staff works to correct the cause of this power outage, the generator brought in last night will continue to provide power to the complex.”
Local electricity provider Pepco had been delayed for several hours last night because of a winter storm. The university is on a liberal leave policy today because of the weather and all classes before 11 a.m. are cancelled.
Sarah MacDougall (SFS ’13), an East Campus resident, said that the university had communicated with them through three separate emails.
“The [email] from housing told us that Pepco will be bringing a generator later tonight, but we do not know if that means we’ll have full power or just enough to light the hallways and such,” she said last night. “They recommended that we sleep with friends or in vacant spaces.”
Flashlights were available for residents without power, East Campus Hall Director Billy Colona said in an email to residents at 4 p.m. yesterday. Colona urged residents to seek out other sites on campus such as Lauinger Library and Sellinger Lounge if they needed power or Internet.
A lighting tower was installed in the LXR courtyard, and resident assistants and Department of Public Safety officers would be performing rounds in and around the complex in the evening, according to Colona.
-Hoya Staff Writer Lili Dodderidge contributed to this report.