Archive for Thursday, September 25, 2008

Westar restores power to KU campus

September 25, 2008, 1:56 p.m. Updated September 25, 2008, 2:22 p.m.


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Westar Energy cut power to Kansas University buildings for about 30 minutes Thursday afternoon while it replaced a piece of equipment that was causing power surges earlier in the day.

Westar crews shut down the circuit to KU around 1:30 p.m., and the repairs were finished by 2:10 p.m., said Karla Olsen, a Westar spokeswoman.

Phones still worked during the outage, but several buildings along Jayhawk Boulevard and Sunnyside Avenue were affected, including Strong Hall.

Thursday morning and shortly after noon, at least two false fire alarms had been reported at Watson Library, and dispatchers with the KU Public Safety Office had warned power surges in the system could cause similar alarms in other buildings.

Olsen said a Westar distribution system operator noticed the short power surge early in the afternoon. Crews then began to identify the problem and make repairs, but it caused them to have to turn off the power for a short time.

"If you had your television on 24-7, eventually it's going to go. This is equipment that obviously has to run 24-7," Olsen said.

Jill Jess, a KU spokeswoman, said the KU Computer Center reported no damage Thursday afternoon.


Boston_Corbett 9 years, 6 months ago

"I was wondering why the generator was running at Memorial Stadium"I've been told that generator helps power a piece of the Telephone-IT backbone for the campus.

newsreader 9 years, 6 months ago

Sports = ImportantClasses = Not so much.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 6 months ago

I was wondering why the generator was running at Memorial Stadium."We NEED more power!""Its Alive!" ... new ku football player?

compmd 9 years, 6 months ago

I was wondering why the generator was running at Memorial Stadium.

Erin Pfannenstiel 9 years, 6 months ago

Westar, in the future it would be an appreciated nicety for you to WARN campus that you're going to shut off power. In Watson library many of our patrons working on computers writing papers lost their progress when the computers were turned off. The machines do not save any changes made by patrons if they are shut down and many people were understandably upset. Really, it's just common courtesy to warn people if you have a planned shutdown of service.

imagold 9 years, 6 months ago

ekidwell - right on. This was a planned power outage and we weren't notified. I thought we had a wonderful new alarm/warning system on campus through fire alarm boxes and cell phone warnings. Hmmm...nothing when the tornado sirens went off, nothing when the power was to be off.

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