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Power outage forces Coachella officials to keep students hydrated

September 8, 2011 |  6:03 pm

A power outage in eastern Riverside County forced school officials in Coachella Valley on Thursday afternoon to scramble to keep hundreds of students hydrated amid triple-digit temperatures.

Up to 600 students were waiting for parents at area schools as officials tried to keep them in the coolest buildings possible, said Darryl S. Adams, superintendent of the Coachella Valley Unified School District.

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"It's one of the hottest days of the year," Adams said. "We're just trying to keep students cool."

Officials with the Imperial Irrigation District, which supplies electricity to the region, said the power could be out for eight to 20 hours.

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