Birds hit Medford substation, cutting electricity to thousands

(Updated, 8:45 a.m.) More than 3,200 Pacific Power customers were left without electricity this morning when a flock of starlings knocked out a switch at a substation near Medford Center on Biddle Road shortly after 6:30.

Pacific Power spokesman Monte Mendenhall said the 3,206 customers, primarily in the downtown Medford core, should have power restored by 10 a.m.

The starlings came into contact with one another and cause the switch to fail, Mendenhall said. “There's not much left of them.”

The switch, which controls whether the station is in service or out of service, will have to be replaced, Mendenhall said. “But we're able to pick up (power) from other sources.”

— Greg Stiles

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