Power was restored to about 1,600 customers in Wichita, including East High School, at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday after an outage that lasted about about 45 minutes, Westar Energy officials said.
Shane Batchelder, spokesman for Westar, said the outage most likely was caused by an animal who had gotten into the power lines, “probably a bird.”
Westar’s website initially put the recovery time at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, but power was restored to affected customers – an area from about Washington past Grove, along Douglas – at 10:30 a.m.
East High principal Ken Thiessen said power went out during passing period at the state’s largest high school, which has about 2,300 students. Students were held in third-hour classes.
Because the intercom system was out, Thiessen said, administrators and security personnel went floor to floor, informing teachers of the situation.