Web Extra: Mount Vernon campus loses power

POSTED 5:30p.m., FridayThe Mount Vernon Campus is running on emergency power after a tree fell on a power line as Tropical Storm Isabel swept through D.C. Thursday night.

University officials said they are unsure when full power will return to Mount Vernon, but said they are working with city officials to restore the electricity as soon as possible. The campus lost power at 11 p.m.

Emergency generators are supplying five of the six Mount Vernon residence halls with enough power to light hallways and stairwells. Rooms are completely without electricity and hot water. Pelham Hall, which is not being supplied with emergency power, has been abandoned by the 60 students who live there.

Bob Ludwig, interim director of media relations, said he is unsure why Pelham has not been lit with emergency power, adding that GW offered alternative sleeping arrangements on Mount Vernon for students who live in Pelham. Twenty Pelham residents are using the alternative housing.

Ludwig said GW has encouraged the campus’ 400 residents to stay with friends on Foggy Bottom if they don’t want to stay on Mount Vernon.

The Foggy Bottom campus maintained full power throughout the night.

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