Power restored to Augusta elementary school

Sara Caldwell/Staff
Pupils from Meadowbrook Elementary School step off a Richmond County school bus at Glenn Hills Middle School, where they had been taken Wednesday after a power outage at their school. The pupils waited in the middle school gym for their parents to pick them up.

Meadowbrook Elementary was shut down and the pupils taken to another school Wednesday, after the power went out about 10 a.m.

According to Georgia Power Co. spokeswoman Konswello Monroe, someone in a nearby subdivision was digging and struck an underground line, causing electricity to be cut at the school and 50 surrounding houses.

The power was restored about 3 p.m., and Georgia Power said it did not expect any more electrical troubles in the area, Monroe said.

When the electricity went out, Meadowbrook pupils were transferred to Glenn Hills Middle School, where they spent the day in the gymnasium or the auditorium watching a movie, according to Richmond County schools spokesman Louis Svehla.

Parents had the choice of picking their children up early or waiting for them to be bused home at the end of the day.

Messages were sent to parents who use the Global Connect call system notifying them of the power outage and transfer of their children, Svehla said.

Classes will resume on a normal schedule at Meadowbrook today, Svehla said.

Staff Writer Meg Mirshak contributed to this article.

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