Downed power line leaves West Campus without electricity

Bobby Blanchard

About 2,500 West Campus residents lost power for two hours after a tree fell on a power line. Austin Energy officials said power has now been restored.

Carlos Cordova, an Austin Energy spokesman, said the tree fell on top of power lines on West Avenue near West 8th Street. Cordova said at 3:30 p.m. only 300 customers were still out of power and by 3:45 p.m. the power outage had been resolved.

“It took awhile, because we had to clear the tree out of the way,” Cordova said. “When it’s something simple, it’s usually less than an hour. A lot of times it can just be a fuse that tripped.”

Journalism sophomore Colleen Nelson, who resides in Alpha Xi Delta Sorority house on Rio Grande Street, said she noticed her sorority’s house lose power around 2 p.m.

“I went outside to see what was going on, and there were a bunch of other people outside, too,” Nelson said. “So I knew it wasn’t just us, but I knew it was West Campus in general.”

Nelson said losing power in the middle of the day in Texas is irritating.

“It’s super annoying. You don’t have any A/C, and I was worried it would be out longer than it was,” Nelson said. “It’s super hot today, and it’s just not a good situation.”

Nelson said her power came back about 45 minutes after it went out.