TYLER — All the power is back on following an outage that hit the Main Tyler Junior College campus around 11:20 Saturday morning. There were around 250 students on campus who were impacted by the loss of power. College spokesman Fred Peters notified KTBB Sunday afternoon that the power had been restored. “Apparently,” said Peters, “water somehow got into the main power cable that is about five inches thick and underground. Very unusual. Obviously crews will work to make certain there is no breakage in the replacement cable to allow a recurrence.” Peters added that further electrical work will need to be completed at a later date as the outage caused significant damage to underground power lines.
The outage forced the cancelation of an SAT exam and the postponement of men’s and women’s basketball games. One building, Genecov Science Building, was evacuated because of smoke caused by the sudden loss of power to electrical motors. Students taking the SAT exam in Jenkins Hall were asked to leave, and the exam was canceled.
The Hudnall and Bateman residence halls were not affected by the outage, which involved a main power line near the intersection of Baxter Avenue and Lake Street. Men’s and women’s basketball games against Paris Junior College were rescheduled for Sunday afternoon in Wagstaff Gym. All scheduled classes and activities for Saturday were canceled. Resident students of halls without power were offered the opportunity to move temporarily to Bateman and Hudnall halls.