Squir­rel causes early morn­ing power out­age

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY MIL­LI­CENT MCKAY

For a third time in three years, an an­i­mal col­lid­ing with city power lines caused a power out­age Sum­mer­side.

The out­age was caused when a squir­rel came into con­tact with a power line on Cedar Street.

The city’s power lines are no more sen­si­tive than any other elec­tric util­ity, said Lorri Laugh­lin, chief com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer for the city.

“Out­ages caused by en­coun­ters with wildlife are a com­mon oc­cur­rence across the coun­try.”

Crews were sent out to as­sess the en­tire cir­cuit, be­fore “reen­er­giza­tion” was started, she added.

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