One pelican cut electricity to 3000 Roma homes
IF YOU lost power on Saturday afternoon, you can thank a pelican.
The bird brought down high-voltage power lines near the Roma Saleyards which interrupted the power supply to about 3300 Ergon Energy customers in Roma and communities to the west.
The incident occurred about 4pm when the pelican struck an aerial earth wire, brought it down in one spot and wrapped it around the 33kV power line underneath it in another location.
This affected about 2000 customers on one feeder line supplying customers in Roma and about 1300 customers on another feeder line supplying customers west to Muckadilla, Amby, Mitchell and Mungallala.
Power was restored to all customers apart from the Roma Saleyards by about 6.15pm and crews worked for a further three hours to complete the repairs to fully reinstate power.