The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 21, 2013

Squirrel knocks out power to customers in Waukomis area

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

WAUKOMIS, Okla. — A squirrel knocked out power Thursday morning to several hundred OG&E Electric Services customers in the Waukomis area.

John Little, OG&E district manager, said the squirrel got into the Waukomis substation at about 11 a.m. and “took down a couple of circuits,” affecting 800 people.

Most of the customers had power back by 11:45 a.m., but another problem took out power to other customers, Little said. A conductor burned down, and OG&E workers had to fix the problem, Little said. He did not know if the two issues were related. Power was restored at about 2:30 p.m., Little said. Another issue Thursday night knocked out power to 200 customers in the area at 6:30 p.m.