‘Pesky squirrel’ leaves thousands powerless

Posted May 28, 2010, at 7:58 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Some 2,000 Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. customers were temporarily without power early Friday morning thanks to a hapless squirrel.

“It was a squirrel,” said Susan Faloon, company spokeswoman, that left customers in Old Town and Alton powerless around 6 a.m. “Those pesky squirrels and raccoons have been very active.”

Bangor Hydro emergency crews were dispatched to a Bennoch Road substation around 6 a.m. when customers began calling to say their power was out.

“Animal damage to the equipment is to blame for the hour-long power outage,” a statement from the company said. “Animals such as raccoons and squirrels are active this time of year and have caused several power outages and system damage.”

An estimated 2,076 customers lost power. By 7 a.m. the problem was solved and all customers had their power back.

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