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Schools react to Stevens Point power outage

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - The spring snow caused some trouble in Stevens Point Monday morning.

About 7,000 customers lost power for about two hours, according to Wisconsin Public Service.

"When I was walking to class a lot of people were coming my way, just like hordes of people," said Alexi Callen. "I went to the room and it was completely dark. You wouldn't be able to learn in there."

A WPS spokeswoman says snow-covered tree branches fell on power lines, causing the outage.

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Al Thompson said the 8 a.m. classes were impacted the most.

"If they have a classroom that doesn't have windows, of course it would be a dark room," said Thompson. "Or if they needed the computer system, they wouldn't have electricity, so those classes were most likely canceled."

Leaders say some professors taught their students in the hallways, where there was more natural light.

Stevens Point Area High School also lost power Monday morning. Principal Mike Devine says students waited in the commons areas for the lights to come back on.

"We instructed students to stay because we knew it would be less than an hour and a half before we'd get lights," said Devine.

He says if the outage had lasted another hour, classes may have been canceled.

The principal says some students went home when they learned about the outage.

"With social media the word gets out and a lot of people that left came scurrying back," said Devine. "So second hour was a little light on attendance."

School leaders say they thought they'd seen the last of snow this year, but winter and its troubles are lingering a little longer.

"I'm hoping that spring will come back," said Devine.

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