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Power outage in Kelowna

The power outage in the mission area of Kelowna this morning was likely caused by wildlife.

Fortis confirmed they received reports of an outage around 8:45 a.m. and dispatched a crew to make the fix.

About 1,000 customers were affected in the Mission, along Richter and north of Richter. 

Crews were able to restore power at about 10 a.m. 

Dylan Wylie at Fortis said they think it may have been caused by birds.

"There was some evidence to indicate it was birds taking off from the power line," he said. There was some bird waste but no other evidence - it didn't appear any birds were harmed in the outage.

"Our system is well-maintained and reliable, but sometimes with wildlife it's just unavoidable."

 

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