UPDATE: Power Restored to More than 11K After Squirrel Causes Outage

December 27, 2013 11:13 am · 12 comments

A squirrel was the culprit behind a power outage that affected more than 11,000 PG&E customers in Walnut Creek and Lafayette this morning, according to a utility spokeswoman.

Power has been restored to all 11,562 customers who lost service around 7:45 a.m., PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said.

Sarkissian said the outage was apparently caused by a squirrel in Walnut Creek that came into contact with a piece of electrical equipment connected to a bank of transformers.

PG&E sometimes sees similar wildlife-related outages in more rural areas of the state, where the utility has programs in place to prevent animals from disrupting electrical equipment, she said.

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1 Cletus December 27, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Did they save the critter? Squirrel’s good eatin’ and this one’s pre-cooked!

2 Triple Canopy December 27, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Bbbbzzzzzzzzzzzzt. POOF! Lights out Walnut Creek!

Get a clue! Your “urban wildlife” are actually pests. There’s a reason rodents reproduce with proclivity… they’re low on the food chain.

3 Lake December 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

PG&E so modern that it can’t figure out how to have a system that can coexist with our critters

4 nytemuvr December 27, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Squirrel head stew….takes me back to the simple old days. Good southern winter food.

5 Cowellian December 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM

I hope everyone had a chance to build a fire while their power was out.

6 Anon. December 27, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Did not know the Phantom climbed power poles

7 Ted K., SuperMax December 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Will there be a dramatic spike in childbirths in WC nine months from now???

8 Elwood December 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Mmmmmmm! Fried Squirrel!

9 Joy of Cooking... December 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM

has a good recipe for squirrel stew (also can use with possum or rabbit)!!

Check it out: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/food/2012/02/nothing-out-of-the-ordinary-squirrel-stewed-1878/

10 jtkatec December 27, 2013 at 2:18 PM

What a lazy hawk, who was just sitting around letting CSK Photography take snaps of him, and was too impressed with his own beauty to go catch that darn squirrel.

You’re fired, Mr. Hawk.

11 charles December 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM

@jtkatec. Oh he was doing his job…


12 Laura Zah December 27, 2013 at 11:39 PM

So that’s why he was on the ground just looking around. Charles…. CSK Photography. Nice photos.

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