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Squirrel Caused Raleigh Power Outage

Posted July 28, 2007

— A squirrel was responsible for the power outage near the RBC Center and Crabtree Valley Mall shortly after noon Saturday.

Power went out along Blue Ridge Road, Duraleigh Road and Lake Boone Trail, police said. Crews restored it by 1:45 p.m.

Police said they directed traffic in the area and did not report any accidents.

About 3,600 people lost electricity after three to four feeder lines went out, according to Progress Energy.

The squirrel somehow got into the feeder causing power to go out, according to officials.


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  • weasleyes Jul 29, 2007

    Most power companies do all that they can to prevent outages. One of these things is to put squirrel guards on transformer bushings. However, the little guys, plus snakes, always find a way to "short out" something. My wife and I have an apple tree and a pear tree, and we have never tasted the fruit of either, because the squirrels eat them before they are ready. However, we love our squirrels. We also gave up planting a garden, because of all the wildlife. They have to eat too!

  • Rufus Williams Jul 29, 2007

    I hope they don't allow squirrels at the nuclear plant, that would be disrespectful.

  • SaveEnergyMan Jul 29, 2007

    Used to happen every year at NCSU too, about April. We'd lose power one morning each year. Classes were pretty much canceled because of it. Got to be so regular we started referring to it in our best government speak as a "PSD" - poor squirrel decision. NCSU replaced the old transformers and the problem went away.

  • FlSunshine Jul 29, 2007

    I wish the squirrels would live their cute little lives eating out of the feeders I put up for them instead of chewing up the bird feeders...and bird houses...

  • imyourhuckleberry Jul 29, 2007

    ....observing a moment of silence....

    Wasn't me Lolly. ;) Poor squirrel.

    Steve, don't know if they can't find them, most likely they have a hard time with them because the nuts sprout. Not sure about that ... I love squirrels, have raised a nutload of them and released them back into 'squirrel society', but honestly have no clue how they live their little squirrel lives.

  • Bud Light Jul 29, 2007

    The family of the squirrel has asked that acorns be sent in lieu of flowers.

  • blu-burd Jul 29, 2007

    I was in the HV dept. at D.U. and some one released an aluminum foil ballon that came down in a substation and knocked out the power and caused a good bit of damage.

  • IfByWhiskey-a-go-go Jul 29, 2007

    Praying for the squirrel and his/her family during this very tough time. :)

  • All child molesters should die Jul 29, 2007

    Poor squirrel! I know, I know: There are 50 million more, just around the corner, but I always hate seeing them hit or killed.

    The article didn't mention what happened to the squirrel. I guess it's a no-brainer. Maybe he/she is in squirrel heaven!


  • FlSunshine Jul 29, 2007

    I don't doubt the squirrel got fried. It happens more than you think...squirrels, birds, etc...the just have to step just right to short out lots of stuff. But on the other hand the utilities routinely cause outages that destroy things, especially electronics, in the home and refuse to pay. When the AC is running before the outage and does not come back afterward you don't have to be a genius to figure it out. They call FP&L "Florida Flicker and Flash" for a reason.