Power outage at COM: Alleged drunk crashes into pole, 20,000 without power

February 25, 2013

By Lisa Kelly

On Tuesday, February 19, a severe power outage caused darkness for up to 20,000 PG&E customers, including the College of Marin Kentfield campus.

According to the Marin Patch, “The outage began at 6:04 p.m., and shortly before 7 p.m. 11,000 customers were still without power.”

Andy Barclay, public relations officer for the CHP Golden Gate division said, “the accident was on Wolfe Grade and Poplar, a man was trying to negotiate a turn and traveled off the road and hit a power line. Alcohol is believed to be a factor but is still being investigated.”

The power went out at College of Marin Kentfield campus around 7 p.m. According to campus police cadet Jessica Tucker, “The car accident, being on Wolfe Grade, caused power to be out in Kentfield, Woodlands Market and Cafe, and most of the campus.”

Chief of police Mitchell Lemay said, “Most classes were canceled, but a few classes in the new Math and Science building were able to continue thanks to a new, stronger generator. Power was officially restored at 8:30 to most of the campus.”

Many students were in class or on campus when the outage happened. Lindsay John is a student and assistant stage manager for the school musical Big River. She was on a break eating in the cafeteria when she “saw the lights flicker on and off and then fully go out. It was a little scary.”

This is the second time the power has gone out in the past six months, and students are being encouraged to sign up for the Alert U program the school operates. It is a text message alert system that notifies students through texts when there is a significant emergency at the school. “It really is an important thing to sign up for so you can avoid having to drive all the way to school when an incident like this happens,” Tucker said.

To sign up text MCCD to 253788(AlertU) and reply “Y,” or visit http://www.alertu.org/mccd.

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