Wayward squirrel causes outage



September 25, 2012 - 12:00 AM

A wayward squirrel triggered a citywide blackout about noon Monday, causing damage to a $30,000 piece of equipment in the process.

Kent Tomson, Iola’s electric distribution superintendent explained how the blackout occurred.

The squirrel, making its way across the top of a circuit tie breaker at Iola’s Oak Street electric substation, came in contact with a pair of nearby bushings, Tomson said.

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