Some students relocate after dorm power outage at SEMO

Southeast Missouri State University says a power outage in a residence hall that began Monday has displaced dozens of students to other residence halls or off-campus housing. 

In a news release sent Wednesday, SEMO said the outage has displaced 51 students who were living in the Dearmont residence hall B wing. The school says the power went out on Monday, and crews inspected the electrical system on Tuesday. Crews found that wings A and D in the dorm were not affected by the outage. The university says it’s monitoring electrical usage for students in wing C, and those students have been asked to conserve electricity until further assessments have been made. 

Crews have determined that "extensive repairs" have to be made before students can return to wing B of the building, SEMO says. The wing is not expected to open again until spring 2017. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday, SEMO says, Dearmont staff and other university representatives have worked with students to finalize their relocation plans for the time being. Options for affected students include moving to other on-campus dorm rooms and moving off campus, which they will be able to do without facing any financial penalties. 

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