UPDATE: Power was restored at 6pm. If you should experience any problems, please contact Public Safety.
Wheaton has lost electrical power to much of the main college, due to a winter storm that has knocked down an main electrical line that serves the campus as well as parts of the Town of Norton. Electricity is expected to be out for several hours at least. Heat for the campus is provided by an on-campus steam plant that serves most buildings and continues uninterrupted.
The following buildings, which are supported by back-up generators, continue to function normally: Haas Athletics Center, Mars Center for Science and Technology, the Library, and the Balfour-Hood Student Center. These facilities are open, the Internet is working normally and mobile devices can be charged in those buildings.
Chase Dining Hall has minimal lighting and power, but will continue to serve food. Menu options will be limited during the power outage.
Campus activities, including the Big Event, will take place as scheduled.
College grounds staff continue to plow, shovel and treat the roads and paths around campus. However, students, faculty and staff should exercise caution while moving around campus, as snow is falling faster than removal efforts.
The college recommends that you exercise caution during the power outage and storm, including the following:
- A number of open buildings with power are available for charging phones and other mobile devices.
- During a loss of lighting, please remember: candles are not permitted in the residence halls for fire safety reasons, even in event of a power outage.
- Please be sure that windows and exterior doors are kept closed.
- Our crews will do their best to clear walkways as fast as they can. Be mindful that at night with wind blown snow, the visibility is very poor and drivers may not see you walking.
Your RA's will be generally available and will be kept up-to-date on the latest information. If you are in need of an RA, you should use the RA on call number.
Should the power outage be extended for more than a few hours, we will post further updates here and send them via text, voice and email.
In the event of an emergency, call (508) 285-3333.