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Big bird briefly downs power line Sunday


October 5, 2017

Night owls may have noticed their power go out late Sunday evening after a bird strike took down service for an hour.

A problem was reported to Wrangell Municipal Light and Power by police dispatch at around 11:20 p.m. Checking the substation behind the Public Works Department yard, electrical superintendent Clay Hammer explained one of the feeder relays was down. Feeder 4 provides power to utility users from one end of Peninsula Street down to the end of service along Zimovia Highway.

A potentially blown generator had been reported by a Peninsula resident, and a lineman was dispatched to t...

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