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Goose gets cooked in Linden Woods

Bird flies into hydro line causing short-circuit

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Nature seemed to steal a page from the annals of Ripley's Believe It or Not when a power failure happened because a goose collided with power lines over the holiday weekend.

No doubt, there'll be jokes that the ill-fated Canada goose cooked a hydro feed.

But Sunday night, it was nothing to joke about when 2,800 Linden Woods-area residents suddenly found themselves facing a wet night without power.

It appeared the goose flew into an overhead line, and the wingspan was long enough to link the two parallel lines together. The result was a short-circuit that plunged the southwest residential development into the dark.

Then, in another unavoidable instance, two lines crossed another overhead line on Panet Road at Munroe Avenue on Monday afternoon, causing another outage. That one was likely due to wind gusts that reached 50 kilometres an hour.

In Linden Woods, more than half of the hapless customers were back on the grid by Sunday evening before 8 p.m., two hours after the goose collision.

Some customers had to hold on overnight and well into Monday morning before being reconnected, said Glenn Schneider, spokesman for Manitoba Hydro.

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

On Sunday afternoon, hydro crews went out to check the overhead feeder lines and underground cable systems, and found a dead goose on the ground under one section of overhead lines. The crew 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 returned Monday morning to check the overhead lines again. There they found a couple of pieces of equipment that had short-circuited, likely due to the goose. They replaced the parts, and power was restored to final 1,100 customers.

 

alexandra.paul@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 21, 2013 B2

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