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Albion College Reopens After Heavy Storm Shut Down Campus

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ALBION, Mich. (WLNS) - The power is back on and classes resumed Monday morning at Albion College.

That is after the college President decided to evacuate campus and send students home for a long weekend last week when they lost power to nearly all of its buildings. Winds that were up to 70 miles per hour tore through campus and the city last Wednesday.

Life is back to normal at Albion College. Interim President Mike Frandsen says he received positive feedback on the decision to evacuate campus last week.

"Calls we did receive from parents were generally very supportive of our quick decision and appreciated us keeping their students safe. And moving to get things back to normal as quickly as we could," said Frandsen.

Frandsen says repairs are still underway to the stable roofs at Albion's equestrain center. The majority of the damage was to trees.

"We didn't lose too many whole trees, but we lost parts of a lot of trees," said Frandsen.

Albion Police Chief Scott Kipp says for most in the city power was back within 24 hours, it's the trees that took time to clean up.

"There's still some lines that they're working on, mostly telephone and all the electrical lines. And they're working on cleaning up the trees now," said Kipp.

A group of students from the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy volunteered to help out in victory park.

Students and residents say well after the clean up is done, it's a storm they will not forget.

"It was daylight one second and then it started getting dark. And I was like, have I really been studying that long? Because I thought it was night," said a student.

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