UPDATE: Ameren says power restored to entire ISU campus

Illinois State University
Illinois State University(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jan. 16, 2023 at 5:47 PM CST
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UPDATE (11 p.m.) - An Ameren spokesperson said electricity has been restored to the entire ISU campus, in time for the start of the spring semester.

UPDATE (8:45 p.m.) - Electricity will be restored to all campus buildings in time for the first day of spring semester classes to start Tuesday morning, an Ameren Illinois spokesperson told 25 News.

UPDATE (8:05 p.m.) - An Ameren Illinois spokesperson said the power company is not able to estimate when electricity will be restored to several buildings on the Illinois State University campus.

The spokesperson the outage was caused by a malfunctioning switch gear. All residence halls have power, but lights are still out at Bone Student Center, Milner Library, the Bowling and Billiards Center, the student services building, DeGarmo, Fell and Julian Halls. Also, the university’s science laboratory building has no power.

The university provided a map of the buildings that have been closed,

NORMAL (25 News Now) - Electricians from Illinois State University and Ameren Illinois were working Monday evening to restore power to several campus buildings, including Bone Student Center and Milner Library.

University spokesperson Eric Jome said nine buildings were without power about 5:30 p.m., but he said all residence halls have electricity.

The outage started early Monday afternoon, only a day before the start of the spring semester. It’s too soon to say if classes will be held on Tuesday as scheduled.

“People are working until this gets fixed, said Jome.

Switching gear problems appear to be the cause of the outage, said Jome.

He urged students and staff to monitor the university’s social media pages for updates.

This story will be updated.