Storms rolled through the area Monday, kicking off a busy day for crews from Fairbury Light and Water as they worked hard to restore power lost during three outages.
Early in the morning, according to Jim Morehead, Electric Line Superintendent, three power poles were destroyed south of Reynolds, knocking out power in the area.
“It started pretty early in the morning round 6:30. A lot of it was caused by lightning. We had three poles hit by lightning near Livingston Enterprises south of Reynolds,” said Morehead.
As crews worked to replace the poles, a large section of Fairbury, including Jefferson Intermediate and Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School, lost power. Workers from Fairbury Light and Water scoured the city, searching for the cause of the outage.
“Between Fourth and Fifth Street near K Street, there was a tree limb that knocked out the power on the east part of town. It took us a little while to fix, but we removed the limbs and got the power back on,” Morehead said.
Later that day, customers in the Jansen, Harbine and Ellis area and part of Fairbury lost power when a bird flew into the lines.
“It was a big turkey buzzard,” said Morehead. “He got into the lines west of the swimming pool area. He went to ground and knocked out the power. It was kind of a short outage, but we had to find the problem and that’s what it was. After we re-energized that, we found another turkey buzzard in the lines.”
Morehead encourages people to stay safe around lines, noting that even downed power lines can still carry enough energy to be lethal. He advises people to report outages right away.