UC Berkeley issues notice to resume campus operations ‘as soon as possible’ after power outage

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In a power outage that has affected about 600,000 California residents, UC Berkeley intends to resume classes and campus operations as soon as possible, according to a campuswide email about 3 p.m. Thursday.

Despite the intent to continue regular operations, the status of campus remains a “fluid situation.” It is possible campus may be open for “all or part of the day Friday,” according to an email sent by Marc Fisher, UC Berkeley vice chancellor of administration.

There will be another email in the evening, according to Fisher, once there is more information from PG&E about the outages.

PG&E will reconnect power once it has finished inspecting power lines. This will come after the company has issued an “all clear” weather determination from UC Berkeley’s power source, according to the email.

Employees and staff should return to work if campus is reopened, however, supervisors should remain flexible if outages have caused child care or school issues, according to Fisher.

The outage led the campus to cancel classes on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Check back for updates.

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