For one day, Miami City Hall gets a pass for ignoring your emails and phone calls.
An electrical surge Friday morning at Miami’s police headquarters knocked out power to the building and shut down computer systems for the department and the municipal administration, according to city officials.
Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes said the power spike happened after midnight, and 400 NW Second Ave. went dark. Computers in the building went down. Police officers were still able to use their laptops, and 911 calls went to a backup center at the Coconut Grove firefighter training facility, he said.
The city administration keeps its servers at the police department and lost its connection as well. The public couldn't access documents and city employees couldn't accept calls at their office or emails to their city addresses.
City Manager Daniel Alfonso texted that the city was getting by “with difficulty.”
Llanes said the department was getting back online around 5 p.m., but emails and the city’s website were still down as of this posting.