YVEA: Saturday power outage caused by birds

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Residents and businesses in Craig were in the dark Saturday afternoon when a power outage wiped out electricity east and north of town.

Traffic lights along Yampa Avenue also were affected.

Yampa Valley Electric Association spokesman Jim Chappell said the outage occurred around 1:30 p.m. when birds somehow got into two regulators at a nearby substation.

He said crews worked to get the birds out and restored power within two hours.

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