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Squirrel Causes Power Outage in Southern Watauga County PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 08:28

Over the weekend, it was Old Man Winter that caused power outages across western North Carolina.  Today, it was a squirrel that caused a power outage in southern Watauga County.


Sixty-seven residents were without power for about an hour today when a squirrel weaseled its way into a Blue Ridge Electric transformer in the Blowing Rock area.

Power went out around 12:45 p.m. and BREMCO crews had power restored about an hour later.

High Country Radio originally contacted BREMCO to see if the outages were attributed to a nearby wreck in which a car reportedly struck a light pole.

A BREMCO representative said wily squirrels tampering with transformers actually cause quite a few power outages.  When asked about the well being of the squirrel, the BREMCO employee said, “It was probably fried.”


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