Updated May 16, 2013 at 3:35 PM CST by Liz Holliday: A single electrical wire shows NEO College just how dependent on technology we are. A primary line defaulted Wednesday afternoon and brought the campus to a stand still without electricity and access to servers.
With finals week over and summer school a month away the campus looks pretty quiet, but it's empty due to the faulty electrical cable cutting electricity, which closed the campus.
Utility crews from the City of Miami are working to fix the problem.
"It's fed off of this riser back here, the only building that is out is the administration building, the rest of them have power to them," says Derric Lollar, the electrical foreman for the City of Miami.
Though the outage only affected the administrative building, the campus server is at a stand still until power is restored, meaning the book store, business office, admissions and even the library can not operate, leaving students looking to register for summer classes out of luck.
"Once they go offline, services just stop and we can not continue to function here, that's how important our library administration building is," says Brad Henderson, NEO's Chief Information Officer.
With the campus phone system also affected, NEO is having to rely on physical signs posted outside of campus buildings as well as social media to let the community know that NEO will be closed until Monday.
"Social media has played a huge part in this, we've posted things on Facebook, we've used Twitter, we've also used an emergency alert system that we have in place to notify our students and faculty that the campus will be closed," says Henderson.
Though campus will be closed until Monday, Miami's utility department says they hope to finish replacing the 515 feet of electric line by Friday.
Miami utilities says the problem is fairly common with old electrical lines, but NEO says this is the worst power outage they've seen on campus.
Updated May 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM CST by Liz Holliday: A worn out electrical cable at NEO A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma causes the school's power to go out and campus to shut down.
The fault in the cable cut off power to the main administration building on campus and left the school's phone systems to shut down.
The outage occurred on Wednesday and Miami's utility personnel are on site working to fix the problem by mid-day on Friday.
NEO will remain closed until Monday.
We'll have more on the story tonight on KOAM News.
Posted May 15, 2013 at 4:53 PM CST - Statement from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College:
NEO A&M College is currently experiencing unexpected power outages. These outages have interrupted services in a number of areas, including all campus telephones, the bookstore, business office, financial aid, and the library. Attempts to restore power are underway, but the estimated time needed to fully restore all services 24-72 hours. Campus offices will be close 5/16/2013 and 5/17/2013. Update swill be posted as they become unavailable.
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