HERMISTON — About 2,900 Umatilla Electric customers lost power Friday morning when a bird flew into power equipment at the Hermiston Butte substation.
The power failure affected people in Hermiston, Irrigon and Boardman from 9:43 a.m. until 10:41 a.m., with most customers getting power back before noon.
Several areas around Umatilla and Morrow counties were without electricity Friday morning, according to the Umatilla Electric Cooperative’s outage map.
Steve Meyers, a spokesman for Umatilla Electric, said most of the customers affected receive power from the Butte substation. The areas that appeared to be hardest hit were in the northern part of Hermiston near East Punkin Center Road south of Walls Road, the area around Diagonal Boulevard and in southwest Hermiston south of Highland and west of 11th Street.