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Power outage disrupts Wasco elementary school

Terese Burke E.M. delayed two hours
Posted at 11:28 AM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 14:28:30-05

A power outage made for a chilly morning in Wasco. An elementary school principal tells 23 ABC the outage prevented them from turning their heaters in time for class.

PG&E officials tell us a car crashed into a power pole around 5 this morning, knocking out power to about 1,700 customers. One of those customers was Teresa Burke Elementary School, which is across the street from where the crash occurred.

With freezing temperature this morning, the result of the crash and the power outage was Teresa Burke Elementary School pushing their start back two hours.

Teresa Burke Elementary School principal, Samuel Torres, said, “Our rooms do need electricity to get our heating going to our classrooms. And so, of course our lighting. But that was secondary, our teachers can’t teach without the technology needed. But, the biggest concern was basically the heating the warmth for our students."

Principal Torres said, the school used their text messaging system. And those families with updated numbers were notified of the late start. But, some parents say it was still an inconvenience.

Wasco parent, Lourdes Moreno, said, “I have to go to work and then my kids are going to be two hours to there and I don’t know what to do.” 

Power came back on to the school around 7:45AM. If the power had not come back on by 9AM to heat their classrooms, they would have canceled school.