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Squirrel Among Causes of East Duluth Power Outage

February 23, 2017 11:05 AM

Minnesota Power says several factors, including a squirrel, led to power outages in much of East Duluth on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

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The first outage lasted from about 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and affected about 4,000 homes and businesses in Hunters Park, Congdon, Morley Heights, and Chester Park. Another outage affected the same areas from about 7 to 10 a.m. Thursday.

The company says equipment failure, ice buildup on lines, and a squirrel that came into contact with the wires all contributed to the first outage. It took some time to restore because cerws had to walk the lines in the dark to find and replace the faulty equipment.

The second outage was related to the first and was resolved when crews performed switching activities.

Click here to see Minnesota Power's outage map.


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