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A wayward bird ended up interrupting power to downtown Valley City Wednesday morning, said Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph.
â€śWe got the culprit in the office â€“ a tweety bird,â€ť Schelkoph said.
Businesses that lost power included the Times-Record and Duttonâ€™s Valley Gallery of Photography.
Valley City electrical Superintendent Stan Hanson said Wednesday the the loss of power started with a circuit breaker outside the Ace Hardware store. â€śSomehow the bird got into the transformer and started an arc.â€ť
Hanson said the result of the breaker operating was â€śit took out the whole north side of the city.â€ť Hanson said power was down starting at about 10:30 a.m. and remained out for about 10 minutes.
â€śWe were able to go on the spare transformer and use an alternate feedâ€ť to provide power in downtown Valley City. â€śâ€ťWeâ€™re feeding downtown from another directionâ€ť than power normally comes from, Hanson said.
Hanson said it is not yet known if the circuit breaker for the downtown substation can be repaired or if it must be replaced.
Hanson said he was downstairs in a bank building at the time power went out.
â€śWe donâ€™t expect any difficultiesâ€ť resulting from using the alternate power feed, Hanson said.