Power still out at Coast Guard Academy By Kathleen Edgecomb Publication: TheDay.com Published 05/18/2010 12:00 AM Updated 05/18/2010 01:29 PM http://www.theday.com/article/20100518/NWS01/100519700/1047 New London — The Coast Guard Academy is dealing with a second day without power as it prepares for Wednesday's 129th commencement ceremonies. Nearly the entire campus lost electricity at 9:30 a.m. Monday, when a main power transformer on the grounds blew. Crews are working to repair the problem, but contingency plans are being drafted to hold the graduation at Connecticut College if power is not restored by the end of the day. Graduation is scheduled for Wednesday at Cadet Memorial Field, or inside Leamy Auditorium if there is inclement weather. A follow-up advisory will be issued when power is restored or to provide information about changing venue. Although most of the underclass cadets are at summer training programs off campus, the roughly 200 cadets who will be graduating are still at the academy and families are visiting. Backup generators are providing some power, but computers are down, and stores on campus are closed, according to David M. Santos, communications director for the academy. Smith Hall, the Child Development Center and Dimmock Hall, all located in the north end of campus, never lost power, he said. Mitch Gross, spokesman for Connecticut Light & Power, said the transformer was replaced but other problems were discovered with the academy’s equipment. “We are assisting in any way we can and are awaiting word to turn the power back on,’’ he said.