Students and staff at Red River College’s Notre Dame campus got an unexpected day off yesterday.

A power outage in the surrounding neighbourhood caused the campus to close down.

RRC spokesperson Connor Lloyd said the outage affected multiple systems including the ventilation and alarms. Since the proper health and safety systems couldn’t be in place for the staff and students, the College decided to close the campus and cancel all classes.

Students were let out of class around 9:00 a.m.

President of the Red River College Students’ Association Lauren Slegers, had the lights go out in a meeting around 8:30 a.m.

“We heard the fire alarm from a distance in another building,” Slegers said. “Security came through and told us all we needed to evacuate and the fire alarms weren’t working in our building.”

Selgers recommends all student and staff download Red River College’s Mobile Safety App from the app store. An alert was sent out yesterday to everyone with the app about the campus closure.

The campus reopened today and classes resumed as scheduled.