Breaking News: Power restored to Mount Vernon

Posted 12:55p.m. Sept. 22Tuesday classes scheduled for the Mount Vernon Campus will be held there after city officials restored electricity to the campus Monday morning. The campus’ Monday classes are still canceled however, as University officials inspect Mount Vernon’s operating systems and resettle students in their residence halls.

On Sunday night, before Mount Vernon regained power, officials were planning to relocate the campus’ Tuesday classes to Foggy Bottom facilities.

Bob Ludwig, interim director of media relations, said GW is in the process of fixing the clocks, fire alarms and GWorld systems that stopped working when Mount Vernon lost power at 11 p.m. Thursday as Hurricane Isabel swept through D.C.

“There are a number of things that have to happen in order for the buildings to be running,” he said.

Ludwig said Mount Vernon’s 350 residents have received notification that they can move back into their residence halls. After officials determined Saturday morning that the power outage would last through the weekend, Mount Vernon was evacuated, with about 200 students temporarily housed in hotels and another 150 staying with friends at Foggy Bottom.

Ludwig said the University is in the process of updating the Campus Advisories page on its Web site ( its hotline (994-5050) to inform students that Tuesday classes have not been canceled or relocated.

Ludwig said GW has not determined how much cost the University incurred when it relocated students to hotels, adding that officials had developed plans for possible power outages in the days before Thursday’s storm.

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