ROCK SPRINGS – Classes and activities resumed their normal schedule at Western Wyoming Community College Thursday morning, following a campus closure Wednesday afternoon that appeared to result from an overloaded transformer in the main building’s basement.
Power had been restored to much of the building as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, and the campus’s Aquatic Center and Children’s Center were brought back online overnight.
Wednesday’s women’s and men’s home basketball games vs. Casper College have been rescheduled for today at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively.
Western had cancelled its afternoon and evening classes on Wednesday, Jan. 13, following a power outage at the campus. The Rock Springs facility had been evacuated shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday after smoke from an overloaded transformer in the basement triggered the fire alarm. The transformer was believed to have overheated due to a reduction in the electrical grid's power supply. Despite the smoke, it was determined that there was no actual fire.
Western President Karla Leach thanked the Western students and employees for their timely response to Wednesday’s alert, and she credited that campus’s Physical Plant and IT staffs for working diligently to restore power and technology services as soon as possible. She also thanked the Rock Springs Fire Department for its quick response.
“The systems worked exactly as they should, and everyone responded very effectively,” Dr. Leach said.