Power outage plagues campus

Photo by Devarsh Oza

Students use the flashlights on their phones to navigate the hallways at Durham College during a power outage Nov. 14..

 

A supermoon evening turned into the darkest evening of the year for people in Oshawa. A power outage affecting most of the city’s north end left everything dark and stopped activity for several hours last night.

Durham College and UOIT cancelled classes and events. UOIT student Rohan Katara said it was frustrating.

“It is really a worst thing to have. We were hosting an event and we were almost done and the power was gone. So we had to miss many things,” said Katara.

A transformer blew at Taunton Road and Mary Street, according to Oshawa PUC Networks, the utility that provides power to the city. The company says “defective equipment” was to blame.

Live wires fell down onto the road. No one was injured.

The police and fire department responded to the incident in North Oshawa.

The transformer affected more than 18,500 people. Power was restored to the final customers late in the evening.

Many people at Durham College and UOIT left the campus. This caused a traffic jam on Simcoe Street North from the campus to Taunton Road. The result was also visible in Durham Region. All buses leaving campus were packed.

Durham College and UOIT also cancelled every event, including medical appointments. Laura Hence, a mother of two, came to the campus for her son’s appointment.

“We were on our way for occupational therapy appointments when the power was gone. There was a big flash of light and then completely dark. It was hard to get out from here and then we found the appointment was cancelled,” says Hence.

For many it was an inconvenience. For Durham College photography students it was a great chance to shoot the giant “supermoon” on a dark evening.

Lavaljeet Singh he didn’t care about the power outage. For him, it was an opportunity to shoot the giant moon.

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