OSU experiences power outages ahead of volleyball match, basketball game

Several halls and buildings on the Oregon State University campus lost power Thursday night and Friday morning after heavy rainfall. One of the buildings is Gill Coliseum. The volleyball game was pushed back to 2 p.m. There is also a men's basketball game scheduled for 6 p.m. (SBG photo)

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A power outage on the Oregon State University campus affected Gill Coliseum, Bloss and Finley residence halls, Dixon Recreation Center and Arnold Dining Center Friday.

Crews restored power about five hours after the outage was reported.

The outage caused athletic officials to reschedule a women’s volleyball match against the University of Oregon. That match was scheduled for noon Friday in Gill Coliseum, but was pushed back to 2 p.m.

According to Oregon State University, five inches of heavy rainfall in the Willamette Valley caused the power outage. The soil became saturated with rain and overflowed into the underground electrical system.

“It's a problem that Pacific Power and Oregon State take very seriously, and we're - we've been taking steps to address this because we know the Willamette Valley is the place where it rains,” said Steve Clark, vice president of Oregon State University relations.

Pacific Power crews went underground to repair the problem.

But Mother Nature’s timing was less than ideal. OSU was set to host several Civil War games against the University of Oregon over the weekend.

Oregon State senior Dana Backlund was going to the volleyball game to cheer on the volleyball team.

“A lot of family are too as well, so it just kind of throws a wrench in everything,” she said. “That would suck if they had to switch locations for the Civil War game.”

OSU football players said lights on or lights off, it won’t matter for the Civil War Saturday.

“We're going to play regardless tomorrow. So, it doesn't matter if there's power or not. The Ducks are going down,” said Ricky Ortiz, a Beavers football tight end.

In the meantime, Oregon State University apologizes for any inconvenience.

“It's very unfortunate, and we're sorry about these kinds of problems, but Mother Nature, in this case, is taking the upper hand,” Clark said.

Also, Thursday night at 7 p.m., the university reported power outages in Nash Hall, the Women’s Building, Gilmore Hall, Ballard Hall and Withycombe Hall. As of Friday morning, crews restored power to these locations.

The University is still trying to determine the cost of repairs. They say it could take months.

Reeser Stadium was not affected by the power outage. So Oregon State University will still host the Civil War football game Saturday at 1 p.m.

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