Bird of prey cuts power to Lake Country

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UPDATE:  RCMP say large bird responsible for power outage

11:25 a.m. April 26

Kelowna RCMP say a large predatorial bird took down a power line in Oyama earlier this morning causing a small grass fire. Apparently the bird was carrying a fish in its beak when it caused the electrical cables to break. RCMP say the fire burnt itself out, but they have closed the road near Highway 97, for public safety.

Repair crews are now on the scene and should have the road back open in an hour.  Police are cautioning motorists to avoid the area.

10:57 a.m. April 26

A widespread power outage is currently affecting Winfield, Lake Country, and areas south of Highway 97. A representative for B.C. Hydro says roughly 1,600 premises lost power shortly after 10:00 a.m.this morning.

“Quite a number of customers have been affected,” he says. “No exact cause yet, but crews working on the problem.”

Power should be restored by 12 p.m. today.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.

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