MERIDIAN -- Students have been directed to leave classrooms after reports of a power outage at Meridian High School Wednesday.
Ada County dispatchers say a backhoe may have struck a powerline, knocking out power to the building around 8:30 a.m.
Meridian Police Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea says police and firefighters are responding to the incident.
An Idaho Power repair crew is also headed to the scene.
Meridian school district spokesman Eric Exline says school will be dismissed for the day as crews fix the problem. He expects class to be held Thursday.
A district staff member said students were staying in the gym for warmth.
Buses are coming to pick up students. Others may be picked up by parents.