San Diego

Bird Knocks Out Power for 24K Customers in Mid-City: SDG&E

SDSU decided to cancel all classes throughout the day on Tuesday and delay the start of classes Wednesday due to the power outage

A bird flew into a San Diego Gas & Electric substation Tuesday afternoon, knocking out power to about 24,000 customers in the Mid-City area, according to the utility. 

The power went out at 11:57 a.m., according to SDG&E spokesperson Denice Menard and hours later, about 11,00 customers remained without electricity.

By 9:40 a.m., SDG&E had restored power to all but 41 customers but not before the long-term outage forced schools in the area to cancel classes. 

SDSU decided to cancel all classes on Tuesday, and said it would delay the start of classes Wednesday until 10 a.m. The outage was also impacting water supply on campus, the alert said.

The Calpulli Health Center, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, Love Library, Little Theatre, Student Services and several other facilities were impacted in the outage.

Student Chase Ishino lives in Tenochca Hall and said the bathrooms were not working, the restaurants were closed and nothing was working.

The affected communities included Rolando, E. State College, W. State College, La Mesa, City Heights, Chollas Creek, Oak Park, Kensington, Talmadge, and City Heights, according to SDG&E's power outage map.

Power was also out for at Carver, Euclid, Fay and Ibarra elementary schools, Mann Middle, Crawford High, Iftin Charter and the Language Academy, according to the San Diego Unified School District.

Power at some schools was restored just before 2 p.m. 

No other information was available.

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