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Raccoon causes power outage in Rocky Mount

Posted August 15, 2011
Updated August 16, 2011

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— A raccoon was to blame for causing a major power outage in Rocky Mount Monday night, officials said.

The animal got into the point of delivery system, causing it to short circuit, around 10:20 p.m. Power was restored about an hour later.

All 27,000 Rocky Mount Public Utilities customers were without power at the height of the outage, officials said.

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  • Desiderata Aug 16, 2011

    Those who stayed up to make sure their alarms were set..what do you do if the outage occured during the night or early morning?? Should have a back up plan for those situations...tornados,,hurricanes,,,squirrels,,or other problems...how about setting your cell phone???

  • maryr1960 Aug 16, 2011

    Surprised RMT did not blame the folks that don't want to be annexed foe engineering the blackout.

  • farpost12 Aug 16, 2011

    Not so much the length of time that it went out but the actual timing. Many people who normally go to bed early enough to get a good night's sleep for work the next day had to stay up longer to make sure their alarms were set so they could get up in the morning. Case in point.

  • Desiderata Aug 16, 2011

    southernbythegraceofGOD..you are SOOOOO into yourself..I care that the racoon,,and innocent furbaby of GOD..was not injured..as so many are because of man's creations. So people did not get to watch TV,,be on the internet...and had to enjoy the quiet of mother nature for a WHOLE HOUR...OH MY GOD ...HOW DID YOU DO IT AND SURVIVE????????Lol!

  • farpost12 Aug 16, 2011

    "My question is...will the city now charge extra for "Rodent Deterrent" on the power bill? I can only speculate..."

    Why not? They already charge us a fee for stormwater management. Other than the one time we were dumped on by three successive hurricanes we've never had a problem with that. Am i missing something here? I thought gravity would handle that. Another reason I hate Rky Mt.

  • fishon Aug 16, 2011

    My question is...will the city now charge extra for "Rodent Deterrent" on the power bill? I can only speculate...

    Will that extra charge cover raccoons? Since they are not rodents...

  • pinball wizard Aug 16, 2011

    Expect a little something in the bill to make up for the lost revenue the city had while the power was out.

  • russellbuzz Aug 16, 2011

    I live in "The Mount" and experienced the Blackout of 2011. (I know...I'll try to be strong...)

    My question is...will the city now charge extra for "Rodent Deterrent" on the power bill? I can only speculate...

  • bluebird1075 Aug 16, 2011

    Somehow we managed to survive the power outage. Took about an hour but, fully restored! Thanks City of Rmt for your quick response.

  • FireFaerie Aug 16, 2011

    "By the way, the raccoon survived."

    YAY!!!! Little creatures CAN make a big difference in the world!!!! Good job little buddy!

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