The Howard County Public Schools central office building and the Homewood Center are without power Monday morning after a problem with an underground power line, according to a schools' spokesperson.
The Homewood Center is dismissing students at 10 a.m., although the central office remains open, according to the spokesperson. The phones and internet at the central office are working, although the switchboard is not.
BGE is currently working on the problem, which was described as an underground break in the power line, according to the school system. BGE said it would take about four hours to fix the break, said the spokesperson.
The two buildings are on the same campus along with the Applications and Research Lab (ARL) on Route 108 in Ellicott City near the Columbia/ Ellicott City line. The ARL still has power.
This latest power outage comes about a week and a half after Oakland Mills High School lost power at the end of the school day on Aug. 27 due to an issue with wiring coming out of a nearby transformer.
At the time of that outage, Wayne Crosby, director of school facilities, said power outages happen, "from time to time" due to the aging electrical infrastructure in the Columbia area.