Albion College Closed Until Sept. 16 Because of Storm Damage, Power Outages

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ALBION, Mich. — Albion College announced that it would close until Monday, Sept. 16 because of storm damage and power outages that the facilities sustained Wednesday.

According to a press release, all students at the university must leave by noon on Thursday.  Those who are unable to leave because of no transportation will be lodged at Seaton Hall.

“The College has no hot water, no Baldwin (dining) service, and no power, including exterior lights and street lights, and at this time it is not known when these services will be restored,” the release reads.

The Albion College Twitter account has invited students to share photographs of damage from around campus, using the hashtag #hurricanealbion.  One submission was used within this web post.

The rest of the College’s official news release is available in its entirety below.

8:51 p.m. ET from the Albion College Office of Campus Safety:

As a result of the significant damage across campus and in the city of Albion, the College will be cancelling classes until Monday, September 16th. The College has no hot water, no Baldwin service, and no power, including exterior lights and street lights, and at this time it is not known when these services will be restored.  In addition, there are power lines and limbs down across campus, creating a hazardous situation.  The Science Complex will remain open tonight for those who wish to stay there.

We strongly encourage all students to go home as soon as possible, tonight if it is safe and practical to do so. However, all residential buildings will be closed at 12pm tomorrow (Thursday, September 12th), and all students must be out of their rooms by that time.  If you are unable to leave for transportation reasons, you may stay in Seaton Hall while the College is closed this weekend.  All residence hall will open at 12pm Sunday, September 15th if power has been restored.

If you are a fall varsity athlete, your coach will be in contact with you about practices and your matches and competitions.  You should check with your coach or the Athletic Director for specific instructions.

Again, we emphasize that this is a hazardous situation, and students and staff should not be out walking on campus.  We are hopeful that all services will be restored by Sunday, and we will send out a confirmation message no later than 8am Sunday morning.

Faculty and staff who have critical functions need to report to work.  Check with your supervisor if you are not sure whether you need to come to work tomorrow.

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