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Power restored at UConn Storrs campus

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Outages reported on the University of Connecticut campus. (Heather Haycock) Outages reported on the University of Connecticut campus. (Heather Haycock)

University of Connecticut officials said a squirrel is to blame for a campus-wide power outage Monday morning.

A spokesperson for the school said workers determined the cause of the outage to be a squirrel that got into a transformer on North Eagleville Road.

Power went down in front of the Torrey Life Sciences Building on North Eagleville Road around 11:15 a.m.. One lane on North Eagleville Road was closed due to fire trucks near the Torrey Life Sciences Building.

According to the UConn spokesperson, the circuit affected by the outage serves dozens of buildings including academic, administrative and some dormitory on campus.

They said more than 50 buildings were impacted by the outage.

Classes and activities were canceled at buildings affected by the power outage, according to UConn. To see what buildings were impacted by the outage by clicking here

Non-essential employees in buildings without power were asked to leave. Students can remain in residence halls without power, according to UConn.

Anyone with "an urgent research need to access a building" should call the UConn Fire Department on its routine line, 486-4295

Crews were trying to determine what caused the power lines to come down and how they can switch these buildings on to another circuit, the UConn spokesperson said. 

UConn uses Eversouce for some parts of campus, but they mainly have their own plant, which is Central Utility Plant.

Anyone affected should click here for updates. 

To see pictures from the scene of the power outage on your mobile device by clicking here. 

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