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Goose Knocks Out Downtown Alameda Power

Wednesday’s outage lasted 90 minutes

Just as the business day was drawing to a close on Wednesday afternoon, May 22, the downtown area of Alameda lost power. At 4:58 p.m., approximately 3,200 Alameda Municipal Power customers between Broadway and Willow Street from Blanding Avenue to Clinton Avenue were impacted by an outage. Reports on social media at the time indicate that lights flickered for some other customers. but their power remained on. The outage affected traffic signals, cellular communications, and, according to a post on Facebook, the ability for the Alameda Police Department to receive emergency and non-emergency calls from the public.

AMP crews responded quickly to repair line damage, and power was restored to most customers within 90 minutes. AMP spokesperson Kim Ish confirmed that the incident was caused by a goose colliding with a power line. Unfortunately, the goose did not survive the incident.

When reached for comment, Two Birds from Alameda cartoonist Brice responded, “We can confirm that Goose was not involved in this terrible tragedy. We want to assure the public that this is not part of an organized goose uprising or political statement. All of us at Two Birds from Alameda extend our condolences to the family of the victim and remind all geese and seagulls to use caution when flying though Alameda.”

To report a power outage, call 510-748-3900. For outage updates, go to AMP’s website or account on X/Twitter.

Adam Gillitt is the Publisher of the Alameda Post. Reach him at [email protected]. His writing is collected at

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