Water main break impacts NMU library, Internet

MARQUETTE – A water main break near Tracy Avenue this morning caused disruption to Northern Michigan University’s phone, Internet and email services as well as closed the Learning Resource Center.

“There was some water damage to an area of the facility that impacted some generators that, in turn are subsequently impacting email and phone service in various degrees on campus,” said NMU communications director Cindy Paavola this morning.

Caused by cold weather – the city of Marquette remained under a wind chill advisory until 11 a.m. today – the break also affected the broadcasting abilities of WNMU Public TV-13 and WNMU-FM Public Radio 90.

Paavola said classes resumed on schedule this morning, despite the break, and that classes scheduled to take place this morning inside the LRC would either be moved to another building or canceled.

The building was scheduled to reopen at noon, Paavola said.

The break also caused problems for some Charter customers in the area who lost their Internet service.

Bill Morand, Charter’s northeast communications director, said this morning he was unsure how many customers were affected, and that the issue was power-related.