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Power restored in Cary; squirrel to blame for outage

Posted December 28, 2012

— More than 11,300 Progress Energy customers were without power in Cary on Friday morning after a squirrel got into a substation, officials said.

Power was restored by 10:15 a.m., according to the company's Facebook page.

Half a dozen or more traffic signals throughout central Cary were not working during the power outage.

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  • christopher27519 Jan 4, 6:30 p.m.

    You're absolutly right Rushbot, this is last year's news. C'mon WRAL, stop serving leftovers and get something fresh on the table for 2013 -- surely there's something new here to report on in Cary.

  • rushbot Jan 3, 10:45 a.m.

    Is it just me, or is all the Cary News pretty old?!?!

  • LuvLivingInCary Dec 28, 3:33 p.m.

    that's right. no squirrels...only chickens...

    i love living in cary and seeing all the people that are jealous of our lifestyles.

  • YA RECKON Dec 28, 3:21 p.m.

    RE : Cary should be a squirrel free zone from now own.

    Now that's funny right there I don't care who ya'are.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 28, 2:48 p.m.

    Ummmm, Ummmm, squirrel stew and rice....

  • NCHighlander Dec 28, 1:30 p.m.

    yes. the mayor.

    if you have a public regulated company not performing as they should and costing the city money in the way of manned officers at not working red-lights...I do think as a taxpayer I want answers and what they are doing to prevent it from happening again.

    yes. they can do things to help solve this problem instead of just having a blind eye. all you need is a can do attitude which a few posters need. ProzacDispenser

    You fine folks in Cary should never be inconvenienced. Cary should be a squirrel free zone from now own.

  • LuvLivingInCary Dec 28, 1:13 p.m.

    yes. the mayor.

    if you have a public regulated company not performing as they should and costing the city money in the way of manned officers at not working red-lights...I do think as a taxpayer I want answers and what they are doing to prevent it from happening again.

    yes. they can do things to help solve this problem instead of just having a blind eye. all you need is a can do attitude which a few posters need.

  • Rolling Along Dec 28, 12:58 p.m.

    Two things you don't want in a power substation switch yard... A squirrel or a lineman.

  • kimisufu Dec 28, 12:38 p.m.

    I am not an employee of any utility. I just happen to understand electricity distribution. The mayor? Oh that's grand. Try some of the Prozac in that dispenser.

    Ask any utility in the country. This type of thing happens every single day.

  • JustAName Dec 28, 12:29 p.m.

    "First of all if there is something in the ground causing a fault, you cant see it to know where to dig, second of all the cost of burying the lines would be astronomical." - rcanadayiv

    If you can use a AAA battery operated tool to determine where the power ends on a line of lights, you can use a bigger tool to find the issue underground. Also, I have personally seen when power goes out during winter storms in areas with lines above ground, but stay on where lines are below ground. It seems as if they don't lose power in those areas as often.

    The power company claims it costs them more money, but less maintenance would be a savings over the long run. Everybody wants us to be more like NYC, so why not put the lines underground. You could even do it as part of the sidewalk infrastructure.

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