ST. JOSEPH COUNTY – A big power outage Wednesday afternoon in South Bend forced IUSB to close its campus for the rest of the day.
According to I&M, nearly 10,000 customers were without electricity when the outage hit just before 1 p.m.
Power to all the buildings at IUSB was knocked out.
Initially, all classes until 5 p.m. were canceled, but school officials around 3:15 p.m. released the following alert to students, faculty and staff:
IU South Bend Alert: Due to a wide spread power outage IU South Bend is cancelling all classes, events and activities for today and tonight Nov 28, 2012. Normal campus operations will resume tomorrow Thursday, November 29, 2012.
By 5:30 p.m., all the power was restored, an hour earlier than I&M spokesman David Mayne expected.
Mayne says contractors were doing some excavation work inside an east side South Bend substation in the area of South Ironwood and Jefferson Blvd., which serves IUSB. They made contact with something that activated the protective circuitry in that substation. It prompted the substation to shut everything down, as if there was a short circuit.
There were no reports of any injuries.