Snow causes partial power-outage at university

Thompson Rivers University

KAMLOOPS – Students at Thompson Rivers University will have to go elsewhere on campus for services to get set up for the new semester after a generator blew out the power on a section of the campus earlier this week.

Media spokesperson Diana Skoglund says the generator crashed after it got wet and loaded with snow.

“Our biggest issue is accommodating student services like textbooks, student cards and transit passes,” she says.

All the services, which would have been offered in the Campus Activity Centre, have now been deferred to the Old Main building.

Other buildings affected are three houses adjacent to the centre which are used for research, the CFBX radio station and the university’s horticulture program.

Skoglund says there is temporary heat being used in the greenhouses through emergency power, but there is still “a bit of concern” about the plants.

“We know that nothing will be up and running until at least Monday,” Skoglund says. “Of all the things that could happen in an emergency it’s not the most devastating.”

Students looking to get their campus cards can get them from the university’s print shop. Transit passes will be available at computer lab OM1320.

Book orders will have to be made online. Skoglund says after ordering them, students should have them delivered after 36 hours.

Info News will follow any future updates from TRU. 

To contact the reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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