Ill-fated bird hits transformer, causes power outage for 2,500

Published 9:43 am Thursday, June 9, 2016

A bird flew into an Entergy substation on Rifle Range Road early Thursday morning, hitting equipment and causing the station’s breakers to blow, resulting in a power outage at one point affecting about 2,500 people.

Entergy spokesperson Shelia McKinnis said the outage occurred about 6:20 a.m., knocking out the power to 2,449 customers in different areas of the city.

“The bird hit the main transformer,” she said. “(And) All four breakers went out. We were able to get three back on in about 20 to 25 minutes.”

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She said power was restored to most of the affected area about 7:01 a.m. with the remaining customers getting power back after 8 a.m.

The final area to have power restored involved three customers in the city in the areas of Warren Street and Columbia Avenue off Cain Ridge Road, and Hillside Drive and Hillside Circle off Bazinsky Road. Their power was restored by 8:30 a.m.


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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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