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Power's Out So School's Out



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    More than half of the power outages had been fixed by Monday morning, but more than 40,000 people in South Jersey were still without power after the crippling snowstorm on Feb. 6, 2010.

     A community college in Saratoga will remain closed for the rest of  the day due to a power outage that is affecting all classrooms and other  buildings on campus, a West Valley-Mission Community College District  spokesman said.

         The outage at West Valley College was reported around 7:30 a.m.  and caused students and faculty to be turned away from the campus, located at  14000 Fruitvale Ave., according to district spokesman Peter Anning.      After not being able to figure out what caused the outage by  noontime, district officials decided to cancel classes for the day, Anning  said.
         Power had not been restored on campus as of 12:15 p.m., but Anning  said crews will be working the rest of the day to restore power and are  planning to be open when students return Friday.
         There are typically around 1,600 students who would be normally be  attending classes at the school on a Thursday, but none are allowed on campus  today while crews determine the cause of the outage, he said. All  non-essential employees on campus have also been sent home for the day.
        amp;E spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers said the problem is on the school's  end of the service, and that the power is working fine in the area.
         Anning said construction was being done on campus that may have  been responsible for the outage.
         Students are advised to check the school's website,  www.westvalley.edu, for the latest information on the closure of the campus.