YVEA: Squirrels culprit behind Tuesday night power outage
March 3, 2010
ADaily Press Staff
An estimated 280 Craig residences were without power late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning because of an outage.
The outage was reported at 11:48 p.m. Tuesday and reached from Rose to School streets and from Third to Eighth streets.
A four-man crew had power back to most residences by 12:35 a.m., Yampa Valley Electric Association reported, however some residents had to wait longer.
A primary underground fault caused the outage, YVEA officials said.
Squirrels chewed through the insulation of two wires causing a fuse to blow, YVEA line superintendent Jeff Hergenreter said.
The outage's origin was Alpine Apartments, 410 Tucker St. Power was restored to the apartments at about 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Hergenreter said YVEA has had similar problems in the past.
"It's not as bad as it used to be," he said. "We've had a lot of squirrel problems in the past. When we find areas with high concentrations of squirrels, we have been going through and doing some cover-up to help prevent that from happening."
A separate outage occurred Tuesday in Steamboat Springs, leaving 25 to 30 residents without power.
YVEA spokesman Jim Chappell said the outage affected the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park.
Power was reported to be out from 8:10 to 9:15 p.m.
Crews investigating the scene determined the cause of the outage was a blown fuse.