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Seagull Hits Capitola Power Lines; Cuts Power To 10,000

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CAPITOLA (CBS SF) – A seagull flew into two power lines Monday morning, causing an outage that affected about 10,000 residents of the Capitola area, a PG&E spokeswoman said.

The bird flew into the wires at 42nd Avenue and Clares Street at about 5:50 a.m., PG&E spokeswoman Monica Tell said.

Power had been restored to 8,890 customers by 6:35 a.m., and the rest of the customers had their electricity back by 9:45 a.m., Tell said.

Tell said it is rare for a bird to cause an outage.

“We try to safeguard equipment against birds,” Tell said.

“Unfortunately, the bird didn’t make it.”

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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