Crow causes power outage

By Jack king

A crow caught in equipment in at Xcel Energy substation west of Clovis caused the substation to shut down Thursday, depriving 2,400 homes and businesses of power for a brief period, a company spokesman said.
Xcel spokesman Bill Crenshaw said safety equipment at the substation stopped the flow of energy from the substation at 11:42 a.m. Thursday. The crow’s body was cleared from the substation and power returned at 12:10 p.m., he said.
Clovis Police Capt. Leon Morris said the power outage caused several traffic signals to shut down, but officers were sent to direct traffic at the affected intersections.
Morris said power went off briefly at the Clovis police station, causing 911 service to go down. However, backup power went on, bringing lights and 911 service on within minutes, he said.
Curry County Courthouse was without power from about 11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., said County Executive Assistant Lance Pyle.
Backup systems also kept lights and power running at the Curry County juvenile and adult detention facilities, Pyle said.