Southeast Red Deer suffers power outage

Residents in parts of the Anders and Sunnybrook neighbourhoods in Red Deer were without power for a couple of hours early Thursday morning.

Residents in parts of the Anders and Sunnybrook neighbourhoods in Red Deer were without power for a couple of hours early Thursday morning.

The City of Red Deer was notified the power was out around the intersection of 32nd Street and 40th Avenue around 6:40 a.m., said Jim Jorgensen, manager of city’s Electric, Light and Power Department.

Crews responded and found a bird had got into a four-kilovolt substation or transformer along 40th Avenue.

The bird was found dead inside the transformer.

Power was restored to the area around 8:25 a.m.

Jorgensen believes about 200 homes would have been affected.

The outage also affected the traffic lights at the intersection of 32nd Street and 40th Avenue.

A collision at the intersection occurred around 6:45 a.m., said Red Deer RCMP.

Jorgensen said he didn’t know if the accident was related to the traffic lights being out.