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Gainesville High releases early due to power outage
Gainesville High School

Gainesville High School students were released Tuesday morning after a power line was knocked down during construction of the campus’ three-story academic building, causing a campus-wide power outage. 

Gainesville City Schools spokeswoman Joy Griffin said the outage occurred around 8:30 a.m. and students were released around 9:30 a.m. 

Georgia Power spokesman Chad Nation expects power to be restored around noon. 

No injuries were reported. 

Superintendent Jeremy Williams said a piece of construction equipment knocked down a power line, but he did not have further details. He said power went out at the school board office about 1 mile away from the high school. 

Georgia Power’s outage map shows one outage affecting 72 customers in Gainesville. 

Francisco Hurtado, a Carroll Daniel Construction project manager for the three-story academic building, declined to comment on what happened.