Southern Methodist University in Dallas

SMU Dorms Evacuated, Evening Classes Canceled Tuesday Due to Power Outage

Cause of the campus-wide outage has not been disclosed

A campus-wide power outage Tuesday at Southern Methodist University meant students had to evacuate their dorms, and evening classes were canceled.

The school tweeted the intial announcement Tuesday afternoon, saying they expected the power to be out for four to five hours.

In a later tweet, the school stated that all on-campus residents must vacate dorms by 7 p.m. due to the power outage. Students were also asked to take any overnight essentials.

"We didn't get a reason as to why," said SMU freshman Sam Donze. "They just said the lights went out and we are looking for a solution."

Donze's brother was evacuating in the rain with him.

"They sent out notification to seek other housing and be out of the dorms by 7," Kent Donze said.

A shelter was opened at Highland Park United Methodist Church on the southwest corner of campus, where catered food was brought in for students Tuesday evening.

Just after 9 p.m., SMU sent out an alert saying five of the dorms had power and were back open — Armstrong, Crum, Kathy Crow, Loyd and Ware Commons. University officials tweeted that power had been restored to all residential commons at about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The cause of Tuesday's power outage has not been disclosed. A power outage last month at the university was attributed to construction.

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