Squirrel "Walks Where It Shouldn't Have," Knocks Out Power To More Than 800

Power outage around 5 p.m. Tuesday fully restored by 8 p.m., CL&P says.


A squirrel that "walked where it shoudn't have," caused a power outage in Madison Tuesday evening to more than 800 customers, a CL&P spokesman said.

The outage occured around 5 p.m. in the general vicinity of Green Hill and Warpas.

The outage caused the postponement of some school events, including a high school gymnastics meet at the Polson Middle School gymnasium, which has been rescheduled to later this week.

It appeared as though Polson, which is nearby the high school, and the classroom side of Daniel Hand High School were without power.

Other school events, including a meeting of Nite In Hand volunteers, were held on gymnasium side of Daniel Hand High School, which did have power, according to Madison Patch Facebook readers.

Power was restored to several hundred customers within about an hour or so, and the remaining customers were restored by 8 p.m., the original estimate provided by CL&P when the outage occured, the CL&P spokesman said.

Matt January 09, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Is that a mug shot of the trespasser from a previous crime
TheBrownBear January 09, 2013 at 03:16 AM
i saw this trespasser in my front lawn today
Die Hard January 09, 2013 at 03:36 AM
He was going house to house prior to the accident. Did anyone call the police? Did anyone shake pots and pans at it so it would charge at them?
Matt January 09, 2013 at 03:51 AM
Video footage, taken just prior to this squirrel's hostile action against the power grid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfh4Mhp-a6U
BJEANS January 09, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Is the little critter ok?
Susan Cassidy January 09, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Die Hard - I would only call the police if the squirrel pulled in my driveway, jumped out of her Mercedes, said she was a raccoon, and started taking pictures of my house.
Dave Dorfman January 09, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Any chance we can get a report on each power outage in Madison? Over 900 people were without power during the last snow storm. It would have been nice to know why
Interested January 09, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Just out of curiosity, where exactly did the squirrel walk, or is that classified. Aren't these areas animal inaccessible in some way?
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Dave, yes. If you let me know, I can check it out. I happened to know about this one because it affected my street. Let me know next time and I'd be happy to check in with the emergency responders, CL&P, etc. I don't get automatic notifications of outages.
Die Hard January 09, 2013 at 04:00 PM
I think this story deserved a "Breaking News" headline
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 04:08 PM
No need for a Breaking News alert. The people who were affected knew already. The lights were out.
Herb January 09, 2013 at 04:57 PM
This "Squirrel" story certainly is a very clever attempt to take the blame off of CL&P. I would like to know more about how it was determined to be the fault of a squirrel? If the animal caused a short, it would have been vaporized. Very clever of CL&P
Die Hard January 09, 2013 at 05:03 PM
My bad. I thought that if it was breaking news for 24 hours because a school had a false fire alarm activation, then 1/4 of the town with out power would have qualified
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 05:07 PM
I have it on good authority--although I cannot cite my sources--that squirrels who inadvertently cause power outages in a vain and misguided attempt to build a nest somewhere warm can sometimes survive, although usually not for long.
Matt January 09, 2013 at 05:11 PM
I would think the burnt up carcass of a deceased squirrel hanging off a substation transformer would be a pretty good clue. Squirrels don't get vaporized, though that would be pretty cool. They just get cooked, like any other animal, including people. It happens more than you may think and causes lots of damage.
Die Hard January 09, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I just saw some birds on the power lines. They shouldn't be there! Should we tag their ears so we know if they become Aggresive?
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Nice photo Rich! Thanks!


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