Emergency incident Jan. 7 near University Health Center (UPDATE: 7:30 A.M. TUE)

An emergency incident (a possible blown transformer in the utility tunnel) has been reported near the University Health Center. At least one explosion was heard, and smoke was reported coming from tunnels between the Health Center and the Walton Residence Hall complex. Eugene Fire Department and UOPD are on scene to investigate; pedestrians and cyclists are being re-routed away from the area and Agate Street is being closed between 13th Avenue and 15th Avenue. Everyone is asked to avoid the area. More information will follow.

Update (10:20 a.m.): Campus Operations is reporting intermittent power outages across campus.

Update (10:22 a.m.): Please note that Agate Street is closed between 13th and 15th avenutes. Please plan alternate routes and avoid the area.

Update (11:22 a.m.): Electrical power issues continue on campus. Campus Operations is working on the situation. For more information, visit alerts.uoregon.edu

Update (11:38 a.m.): Electrical power is back on at Oregon Hall.

Update (12:50 p.m.): Campus Operations continues to evaluate the cause of the electrical issues and smoke emanating from the tunnels near the University Health Center and conduct a damage assessment. No additional explosions have been reported and smoke has dissipated. Eugene Fire Department has left the scene. Agate Street will reopen momentarily and the UHC staff have been allowed back into the building.

Continuing power issues are centered in the southwest area of campus. Assessments are underway to determine if generators are needed to restore power as quickly as possible. Several residence halls are without power and short- and long-term planning is underway to serve student housing and meal service needs.

Some research facilities, including ZIRC, and the Olum Childcare Center have reported power outages and efforts are underway to determine the estimated time for power restoration. Power has been restored to ZIRC. Olum has notified parents of infants to pick them up due to difficulties warming bottles.

Update (4:40 p.m.): Campus Operations has worked feverishly today to restore power on campus, but several buildings - including residence halls - are still without power. Residence hall students in the affected buildings will be provided with additional lighting assistance and increased campus safety presence this evening.  

Generators have been sourced and will be up and running throughout the night.

Some students - those with mobility impairment issues who reside on non-ground floor rooms in the impacted buildings - will be relocated by UO Housing to the Global Scholars Hall, due to elevator inoperability.
Additional student programming is planned on campus, including a BCS Championship Game watch party and activities at the Student Recreation Center and Erb Memorial Union.

Latest information is posted at alerts.uoregon.edu, with a Q&A for residence hall students.

Update (7:30 a.m. Tuesday): Power is restored across campus. All classes on schedule. More info at alerts.uoregon.edu