Power Restored at Southeast after Campus-Wide Outage

Cape Girardeau, Mo.,  

Nov. 7, 2004 – Power was restored around 6:15 p.m. this evening at Southeast Missouri State University following a campus-wide power outage today.

The outage occurred shortly after 10 a.m. when the main transformer into the campus malfunctioned. Officials believe the outage was caused due to the build-up of particles on the electrical distribution cables into the transformer. Fog this morning created an arc, which then caused the transformer fuses to disconnect the electrical power feed with Ameren. The transformer fuses operated as designed to avoid damaging the University’s electrical distribution system.

The termination points on the cables have since been cleaned, and Southeast officials say the University will begin generating its own power in the co-generation plant again later tonight.

Classes will be in session and offices will be open as scheduled on Monday at Southeast.