Contra Costa Community College closed for 4th day

March 21, 2011 11:59:29 AM PDT
In the East Bay, weather related problems are affecting Contra Costa Community College for the fourth day. The college has been without power since last Thursday, so, all classes are canceled affecting thousands of students.

It definitely caught students off guard. No one expected to be greeted by security officers this Monday morning telling them the Contra Costa College campus in San Pablo is closed.

"I actually have two classes today, so yeah this is completely crazy," said student Mario McNeal.

"I was surprised. I was waiting for a test right now and disappointed that I don't get to take classes. I was really excited for today," said student Skylyn McKoy.

The power went out on campus Thursday morning -- administrators cancelled classes and called PG&E.

"PG&E finished their investigation and determined that it was on our side of the meter. So we then had more work to do work to do and we worked all through the weekend to try and find the cause," said Contra Costa College spokesperson Tim Leong.

They replaced the fuses and are now looking at repairing some underground lines. Officials admit the system is probably about 30-years-old. But they also wonder if the rains played a role in the breakdown - if too much water got into the underground vault.

"We believe that weather was a contributing factor. We don't know for sure, we will have to wait for the full investigation to be completed in order to determine the cause. But I think that that weather was a contributing factor," said Contra Costa College spokesperson Tim Leong.

Despite knowing about this for days and spreading the word through a phone tree -- obviously not everyone got the message.

"I just feel like they should have sent out an email. It's really inconvenient for me to travel all the way from home and not be able to attend school," said McNeal.

But at least one student was able to find the bright side in all of this.

"Now I'm going to go home and finish my homework that was due today - so that's the one good point of it," said McKoy.

Administrators don't have a rough estimate as to when classes will resume. An update will be given on the school's website later today.

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