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SDG&E: Bird responsible for power outage in east San Diego, parts of East County

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Posted at 9:42 AM, Aug 24, 2022

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Equipment damaged by a bird led to an outage that left at least 14,000 customers in the eastern part of the City of San Diego and parts of the East County without power Wednesday morning.

A San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson told ABC 10News the outage was reported just after 8:30 a.m., but at the time, the cause was unknown.

Some of the areas impacted by the outage included:

  • College Area
  • Rolando
  • Allied Gardens
  • Del Cerro
  • Grantville
  • Talmadge
  • Lake Murray
  • La Mesa
  • El Cajon

San Diego Police tweeted: "Power Outage in the area of Golfcrest Drive & Mission Gorge Road and surrounding areas. Please use caution, traffic signals may be out of order."

SDG&E said service was eventually restored to all customers by 10:10 a.m.

The utility confirmed a bird flew into equipment at a substation and caused damage that led to the power outage.