Wayne State U. remains closed due to power outage

Wayne State is still closed after a major power outage struck downtown Detroit yesterday.

Wayne State University in Detroit is closed after problems in the city's aging electrical infrastructure combined with an unseasonable heat wave to cause a power outage.

The college campus shut down Wednesday following the outage about 1 p.m. It says classes could resume Thursday evening if power is restored.

Following the outage, a number of downtown buildings, including City Hall, several courts and an art museum closed. Court hearings were postponed as courtrooms were plunged into darkness, and Detroit's downtown above-ground People Mover rail stopped running.

The outage was blamed in part on a cable failure. DTE Energy Co. is helping city public lighting crews make repairs, and restoration could take 24 hours.

Detroit's poor fiscal condition has delayed wholesale updates and repairs to its power system.