Squirrel blamed for Illinois power outage

Squirrel blamed for Illinois power outage

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Squirrel blamed for Illinois power outage

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 28 at 3:03 PM

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- A squirrel that ran into a substation is being blamed for a power outage that affected about 4,000 homes and businesses in Normal.

Wednesday morning's outage affected about 7 percent of Ameren Illinois' customers in McLean County.

Authorities tell The (Bloomington) Pantagraph that (http://bit.ly/16QzGIj ) the outage began around 5 a.m.

Crews are working to turn the power back on, but by mid-morning, about 3,900 Ameren customers were still in the dark.

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