Woodpecker power-pole damage shuts college early

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012 - 7:48 am | Page 2B

Aggressive woodpeckers forced the early closure of Sierra College on Tuesday afternoon after power and campus officials discovered the birds had nearly toppled a power pole in the nature area.

The campus is expected to resume normal operations this morning, said Sue Michaels, a spokeswoman for the campus.

The power to the campus was shut down at 2:30 p.m.

Pacific Gas and Electric officials had initially hoped to replace the damaged pole without shutting down power to the entire campus, but decided otherwise once they arrived on the scene, Michaels said.

"Woodpeckers are cute, but they do like to peck on wood," Michaels said. "Out there in the nature trail, if that pole had fallen, it could have caused a fire."

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