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Squirrels cause power outages in Raleigh, Wake, Johnston

Posted January 26, 2011

— Squirrels caused two separate power outages Wednesday morning that affected more than 5,000 Progress Energy customers in Raleigh and southeast of Garner, a company spokesman said.

Power was mostly restored to customers in Raleigh and around the Wake-Johnston County line by late morning, according to the company website.

The outage in Raleigh began around 10 a.m. and was concentrated in two areas: around Five Points and along Capital Boulevard and Wake Forest Road, north from the Oakwood Cemetery area to East Six Forks Road. Traffic lights were out at Glenwood Avenue and St. Mary's Street.

The outage southeast of Garner began around 9:30 a.m.

In both cases, crews found the remains of a squirrel at substations that had malfunctioned, causing the outage, spokesman Mike Hughes said. The Raleigh substation connects to five main distribution lines that serve customers inside and outside the Beltline.

Hughes said that Progress Energy has an animal excluder device to protect equipment, but squirrels sometimes manage to get past it.


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  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jan 26, 2011

    LOL @ Darius! Good one!! Haha! :-)


  • mikeyj Jan 26, 2011

    TO: THE BOB; You made my night! ROTFLMMFAO

  • protestthis Jan 26, 2011

    my guess is that some of the people here have no clue what a substation is -
    A fenced in area with equipment that is hooked up with wires - there are usually NO BUILDINGS. Squirrels have no holes to sneak thru - since it wide open. Yes the equipment is weather proof - but outside of the excluder device that is mentioned, (which i bet is one of those ultrasonic sound devices) there is nothing to stop a rat/squirrel or whatever from getting in there once in a while. This mess happens sometimes - live with it. If you can find a state/locale that has 0 rats, 0 squirrels, 0 rabbits, ect... go there and quit your complaining.

  • Bon Viveur Jan 26, 2011

    They were just trying to get a nut

  • djofraleigh Jan 26, 2011

    Then you should simply cover the hole from the outside.""

    get them out and don't trap them in the attic...they can chew into a wood window/vent frame in short order.

  • djofraleigh Jan 26, 2011

    I used to put moth ball in panty hose (eases getting them back out) and stick up in the attic to try to run them out, then put steel wool in the cracks to keep them out (tears up their mouths if they try to chew it) but now I've gone to a box of d-con and it works OK, since they seem to leavew the house to get water and die out there.

    Squirrels are just rats with cute tails, really, and belong away from my house.

  • wildcat Jan 26, 2011

    I killed everyone of them

    Did you cook them and had a nice stew. You can also fry them?

  • wildcat Jan 26, 2011

    I had Squirrels living in my attiic.

    Then you should simply cover the hole from the outside.

  • wildcat Jan 26, 2011

    Nothing new here. Snakes have done this many times.

  • Tommylee Jan 26, 2011

    I had Squirrels living in my attiic. At first I thought "how sweet" Then I saw where the little monsters were chewing on my electric cords. I killed everyone of them and I continue to kill every squirrel that enters my yard. I also had to replace all the insulation in the attic due to odors.