Bird causes power outage in Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- More than 900 people were affected Wednesday night after a power outage in the Fruitvale and Appleton areas, but it wasn't the weather that caused it.

Grand Valley Power says a bird was responsible for the outage, after it tripped up a protective device called an arrestor that sits on a power pole.

The outage affected customers between 29 Road and 32 Road in Grand Junction, and was fixed in about an hour and a half after the power company replaced the equipment.

Unfortunately, the bird did not make it, but Grand Valley Power says this does not happen very often, and they already worked to lower the chances of this happening again.

“We actually did install additional bird protection, we call it raptor protection, inside the substation today, and around the arrestor and the additional OCR bird protection as well, so we are taking additional measures," said Public Information Officer for Grand Valley Power, Christmas Wharton.

The company says they already had installed protection on their equipment from animals.

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