Critters blamed for recent power outages locally

Power providers say that animals like birds, squirrels and even snakes have been known to affect the power grid.

Posted: Oct 15, 2017 8:02 PM
Updated: Oct 15, 2017 8:02 PM

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - Power providers say that animals like birds, squirrels and even snakes have been known to affect the power grid.

Just this past Tuesday in New Albany, all of the lights went out on the east side of the city.

When work crews reported to the substation, they found that a squirrel was the culprit.

"He got on our main TVA feed that comes in to the substation," said New Albany Light Gas and Water General Manager Bill Mattox. "And when he came in contact with the switches, it blew up three insulators and three switches. When it did that, it knocked out the feed to all the circuits that feed the eastern side of New Albany." 

Mattox says that the squirrels are sometimes attracted to the wire to chew on while snakes and raccoons are attracted to birds that like to build nests on the substations.

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