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Power restored to Linden Woods after goose collides with lines

Posted: 05/20/2013 11:26 AM | Comments: 0

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Believe it or not, a goose cooked a hydro feed, plunging 2,800 Linden Woods-area residents into the dark over the holiday weekend.

It appears the goose flew into the line, and the wingspan was long enough to touch two parallel lines, causing a short circuit which plunged the southwest residential development into the dark.

More half of them were back on the grid by Sunday evening but some had to hold on overnight and into today before they could be reconnected, said Glenn Schneider, spokesman for Manitoba Hydro

The final 1,100, customers were back on line by 10 a.m. this morning.

Schneider said that the first reports of a problem came in at 5:30 p.m.

The utility dispatched hydro crews to check the overhead feeder lines and underground cable systems.

They found a dead goose on the ground under one section of overhead lines, fixed the fuse  and restored power.

But it wasn’t enough.

More calls came in and crews spent the night checking the underground cable segment by segment. They were unable to find a problem so this morning returned to check the overhead lines again. There they found a couple of pieces of equipment that had short circuited, likely due to the goose collision. They replaced the parts and hydro was restored to final 1,100 customers.

 

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