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Power outage closes three Cumberland schools

Posted June 9, 2011

— About 3,000 people in the Gray's Creek and Hope Mills areas of Cumberland County were without power Thursday morning following a wreck, authorities said.

A vehicle knocked out a utility pole on Chickenfoot Road at about 5:30 a.m., taking a transformer offline, authorities said. South River Electric Membership Corp. customers in the area were affected.

Utility officials said they expect to have all power restored by early afternoon.

Gray's Creek High School and Gray's Creek Middle School dismissed students at 11:30 a.m. because of the difficulty in keeping students and faculty cool, and Gallberry Elementary School dismissed at noon, authorities said.

Buses serve all three schools, so Cumberland County Schools officials said routes might run up to 45 minutes late.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the utility pole was treated at a nearby hospital and released.


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  • alwayspraisehim2 Jun 9, 2011

    Definitely too hot for anyone to have to be anyplace without a/c. Glad the administrators used common sense by releasing students and faculty early. Kudos to Gray's Creek!

  • ITeechTeens Jun 9, 2011

    I am a teacher there. We did the right thing. Think about if it were your child. Obviously some who post on here cant put themselves in other's shoes...
    It was dark in some places, hot everywhere, and no water fountains working. Tomorrow is a half day as well because we are done.

  • tdmontgomery74 Jun 9, 2011

    If they had kept them in school people would be complaining about that.

  • daisy Jun 9, 2011

    They did the right thing by closing the schools. If they had waited, how were they supposed to prepare lunch for the kids? and can you imagine potty breaks by flashlight, lol.

    I live in this area and it really put a cramp in my getting ready for work. Wrinkly clothes and flat hair. I brushed my teeth using bottled flavored water (which was quite tasty, btw). Thank goodness I took a shower at the gym last night or I would have been smelling pretty bad mid-morning ;)

    The State Trooper at the intersection in front of the schools did are really great job all by himself amongst the chaos!

  • bmatt Jun 9, 2011

    @rufiedufie: It isn't hot outside today? Seriously?? Heat index is likely to be in the lower 100's. 2/3 of the nation is experiencing a heat wave. I'm not sure about their water system, but unless they are on county water, likely no power = no water = no restrooms useable. Please go find something else to gripe about, because I think this was an excellent call on the part of the school system. EOG testing and re-testing is over, and the safety of the students is more important. Would you rather have an asthmatic child suffer from an attack in a very hot classroom?

  • jlcoopson Jun 9, 2011

    tarheelbaby99 - thank you, I was thinking the exact same thing. I don't think any schools even have typewriters anymore, nor do I think the lack of computers the cause of them dismissing early! The fact that its 90+ degrees outside is the issue, and the lack of lighting in corridors and bathrooms.

  • tarheelbaby99 Jun 9, 2011

    1st of all - typewriters? really? and, by they way, typewriters are electric as well...at least since the 1960s!

    2nd - with no power the hallways & bathrooms are extremeley dark, esp. bathrooms

    3rd - it's not that cool and doesn't take long for the temp to rise

    We're near the last day of school, it doesn't really matter.

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 9, 2011

    No power effects food preparation, drinking water, no lights etc.

  • LibertarianTechie Jun 9, 2011

    They could not wait until noon? Even though the computers are off, the students can use typewriters, right? Can doors and windows be opened to allow for the flow of air?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jun 9, 2011

    That's tough. Wonder if they had end of grade testing going on?