January 21, 2003

Collegetown Loses Power

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Collegetown residents out celebrating or relaxing after Cornell’s first day of classes found themselves in the dark last night.

A large portion of Collegetown and West Campus residences and businesses lost power at 11:34 p.m. Both Cornell University Police Department (CUPD) officials and Ithaca Police Department officials could not comment on the cause of the blackout.

New York State Electric and Gas, the area’s electricity provider could not be reached for comment.

“We are getting a lot of calls asking for information,” said Mike Beeching, CUPD telecommunications officer. “We don’t anticipate the power staying out.”

Part of College Ave. was also shut down, according to Beeching.

As of 1:30 this morning, the Schwartz Center for Theater Arts and the Cornell campus had power while certain residents in Collegetown were starting to have power restored.

The power outage left many residents fearful of spending the night in the dark, and for some, in the cold.

“If the power should stay off, we would start making arrangements to try and get them [residents] some heat,” Beeching said.

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