Indian Valley power outage due to bird

The power outage that impacted approximately 1,300 Indian Valley residents yesterday afternoon, July 26, was due to a bird.

According to a PG&E spokesman, the outage was caused when a bird came into contact with electric equipment on the 6200 block of North Valley Road.  In doing so, the bird became a bridge between two separated pieces of electric equipment and caused an arc, which in turn triggered a power outage at about 4:15 p.m.  All customers were restored by 6 p.m.

This cutoff was part of PG&E’s enhanced power line safety settings. To learn more about the program go here