After nine days without electricity on the campus of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, President Dean Thompson and Seminary Dean David Hester announced this evening that Seminary offices will remain closed and classes will be held off-site, Tuesday, September 23.
With the contingency plan still in effect, Tuesday classes take place as scheduled at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, located at 318 West Saint Catherine Street.
One Tuesday evening class, Death and the Afterlife, which is taught by Professor Susan R. Garrett, will be postponed until next week, September 30.
As of today, Louisville Seminary remains one of 11,000 LG&E customers without electricity. Over one week ago, more than 250,000 in Metro Louisville were without power following a fierce windstorm that passed through the Ohio Valley.
Earlier reports yesterday hinted at a possible return of electricity by Monday evening. However, after four days of working to restore power to the Alta Vista Road neighborhood, where Louisville Seminary is located, crews encountered a “real mess” that could have been much worse. News reports indicated that six poles were down in that area. Had a seventh pole broken, power lines would have fallen across Interstate Highway 64.
Tim Williams, Director of Facilities at Louisville Seminary, has maintained continued contact with the electrical engineer and is hopeful that the campus blackout could end by mid-day on Tuesday.
All who are able, should continue to consult the Louisville Seminary website for updates and information regarding the Seminary’s electrical status. Individuals who are trying to contact someone on the campus of Louisville Seminary may continue to call Director of Communications Michelle Melton for assistance at 502.609.5697.