(01/24/14) - A power outage in Mid-Michigan caused one school district to send
students home early on Friday.
At around 9 a.m., power went out for 1,300 Consumers Energy customers on the north side of Flushing. The utility company estimated repairs wouldn't been completed until just after noon.
This is a bad time to be without electricity, with temperatures in single figures and a dangerously low wind chill factor.
With temperatures in the school buildings dropping, the decision was made at about 10 a.m. to cancel all classes, including at the Flushing Early Childhood Center.
Students at Flushing High School and Middle School were in the middle of tests when the lights went out.
By 10:30, the temperature in some classroom at Central Elementary had dropped into the low 60s.
The decision had already been made to cancel classes when the power was restored at 11:05. Parents were contacted and buses began taking many children home by 11:45.
One parent says school administrators made the right decision to cancel classes when they did, but wonders if school should have been in session at all.
"I think they should have canceled it all together this morning. I don't think kids should have had school. It's very cold out and I cross kids down the street. It's just too cold with the wind chill. I think they made a good decision," said Amy Vaughn.
The problem was traced to some electrical components just outside the Consumers Energy substation on Coutant Street in Flushing.
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