Power outage closes Eagle Point High

A lack of natural lighting at Eagle Point High School got students out of class at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, after a downed powerline knocked out electricity to nearly 2,500 Eagle Point customers.

Though lights in most of the schools were out, every other campus had adequate natural light to keep classes in session, according to Allen Barber, district human resources director.

"All the other schools are very well-lit with lots of natural light," said Barber. "But the high school has so many interior rooms with low lights."

The outage was reported at 8:59 a.m., according to Pacific Power spokesman Monte Mendenhall.

Following a Pacific Power estimate that the lights might not be back on until 12:30 p.m. or later, the district sent the high school students home.

Buses were available to transport students home from Eagle Point High School, the Upper Rogue Center for Educational Opportunities and Eagle Point STEPS, while the rest of the district continued to operate.

"The school emptied out really quick and orderly," said Barber.

Crews working on the downed powerline, adjacent to a Pacific Power substation on Stevens Road in Eagle Point, had yet to determine the cause of the outage Tuesday.

Power was restored just before noon, and all classes will resume as usual today.

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