Power restored at Holy Cross College after residence halls had to be evacuated

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The power is back on at Holy Cross College. The campus lost electricity at around 6:25 a.m. Wednesday, requiring officials to send notifications to residence halls quickly.

Two hours later, shuttles began transporting students to the North Dining Hall at Notre Dame, said JudeAnne Hastings, the director of development at Holy Cross.

"We do still have a lot of students that are local and had families, so they were signed out," she said. "They had to sign out with staff and then were allowed to go home, and then some of them had friends in apartments that had power, so then we allowed them to leave right away, as long as we knew where they were going and that they were safe."

Of the 238 on-campus residents, 139 went to the North Dining Hall.

By 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Hastings said staff was alerted the power was fully restored. Students returned to campus by 12:30 p.m., once maintenance and facility crews ensured all residence halls were adequately heated.

Campus remains closed Thursday, with only dining, maintenance, and facility employees reporting to work.