A goose flying into a power line caused a 35-minute power outage in the Havre area Tuesday. Claudia Rapkoch of NorthWestern Energy said this morning that a goose flying into one of the lines supplying electricity to the area caused the line to trip, taking out power for all of Havre and surrounding areas. Rapkoch said two lines normally provide power to the area, providing a safety line in case one goes out. Tuesday one was turned off while work was done by the Western Area Power Administration near the other line, she said. The goose took out the power to the other line at about 10:52 a.m. Rapkoch said al l avai labl e NorthWestern employees responded to the outage and were able to restore power by about 11:27 a.m. Crews had to restore the power manually because an automatic system had been temporarily disabled while the work was done by WAPA. Rapkoch said Tuesday afternoon that power had been restored to most of the community, although she believed that a few houses in North Havre still were without power. Rapkoch said crews were still patrolling the area early that afternoon trying to find the cause. She said this morning that all power had been restored and she was not aware of any other problems.
Midday power outage hits Havre
Goose is blamed for interruption
Published: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
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