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Posted on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 10:20 a.m.

Power outage hits University of Michigan's central campus

By Kellie Woodhouse

Several University of Michigan buildings lost power this morning due to an incident at an electrical substation in South Quadrangle.


An issue with the electrical substation at University of Michigan's South Quadrangle caused several buildings to lose power this morning.

Photo courtesy of University of Michigan.

U-M Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Diane Brown said multiple buildings lost power at 10:06 a.m.

The Literature, Sciences and Arts building, Angell Hall, West and East quadrangles, the Student Activities Center and the University Health Service are among the buildings without power. South Quad will likely be without power until about 2 p.m. today.

Other buildings, such as the Student Union, had their power restored by 11 a.m.

Brown said there were "multiple" cases of individuals stuck in elevators due to the outage and that "all people have been extricated from the elevators."

"When power is interrupted elevators tend to stop," she said.

Brown said Plant Operations is investigating what caused the substation to stop functioning.

"It’s a scramble right now," she said.

U-M had two serious power outages in November. One occurred at the Michigan Stadium prior to the Nebraska game and another occurred on central campus during classes.

This report will be updated as receives additional information.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 11:04 p.m.

Hello, I'm 2,300 miles away and most enjoying the great Pacific Ocean. Please know that I'm keeping as well posted as can be at this distance. With regard to the "lights out" situation, IT IS VERY SERIOUS. I most sincerely believe there is some type of gang or terrorist at large within us! There is a pattern of some degree at every four months. An idea: Where are the computer experts? There is electricity involved, and some "youngsters" could at large be experimenting (so they think)? My best, my very best at solving this one. Another way of looking at this might be a comparison to the huge New York Blackout of a score or two ago. There was a baby boom 9 months later! Your friend, Dawn


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 4:40 p.m.

It is likely Plant Operations that is investigating what caused the substation to stop functioning and not the Department of Public Safety. Unless of course, police officers have been cross-trained to become electricians.


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 4:13 p.m.

Ah, seems an Iggy has got into the wiring.


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 4:23 p.m.

The greatest trick lggy ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. And like that, poof. He's gone.


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 4:01 p.m.

Not complaining but why is Iggy Pops picture next to the headline >


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 3:49 p.m.

One of my worst fears is being stuck in an elevator and needing to use the bathroom. This is why I always take the stairs.


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 11:58 p.m.

Then there is the ONION headline : "Perhaps we resorted to cannibalism too early when our elevator was stuck for 20 minutes"


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 11:57 p.m.

"Depends" can come in handy in such a case.


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 5:51 p.m.

I have been stuck in an elevator. Luckily not in need of the loo. But it was 30 minutes of scary.