Following a power outage in Hyrum City Tuesday evening, Mountain Crest High School had a two-hour delayed start Wednesday morning, with classes beginning at 10 a.m.
Tim Smith, Cache County School District’s chief information officer, said he “wasn’t on the ground” with Hyrum City Light & Power, but to the best of his knowledge, the outage was caused by a main line that had gone down. As crews worked to restore power, Smith said all of the schools in the city were impacted intermittently overnight. By morning, only Mountain Crest was still without power.
As district officials determined how best to address the issue, a delayed start announcement was sent through CCSD’s emergency information relay system at 6:59 a.m. Parents/guardians were advised to watch for additional information as decision makers continued to monitor the situation.
Smith said the school district had to make a decision by 9 a.m. whether to continue with a delayed start or cancel Mountain Crest classes for the day. Power was restored at 8:58 a.m.
“We were happy that power came back online,” he said. “It went right down to the wire, no pun intended.”
Hyrum City representatives have not been available to discuss the power outage this morning, but updates on the city’s <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/Hyrum-City-128475510535099/” target=”_blank”>Facebook page</a> throughout Tuesday evening noted that the disruption, which affected the southeast and center sections of the city, was likely caused by a problem in the network’s underground utility lines. Adverse weather made isolating the nature of the problem more difficult, but Hyrum Light & Power crews had restored service to every connection in the city but Mountain Crest by midnight. The city’s last Facebook post noted that a fault had been discovered in the underground feeder into the school’s campus and advised residents to check with the school district with regard to the scheduling of Wednesday classes.
Smith said the Cache County School District is not required to make up time lost due to a late start, but a make-up day would have been required had today’s classes been cancelled.