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Squirrel Causes Brief Power Outage

Insulator 11-28-17A squirrel on the 34.5 kV high voltage power line between Iron Street and West Highway 40 caused a phase to ground fault, which tripped power to the entire city of Russell late Tuesday morning according to city officials.

City electric crews located and isolated the source of the fault then restored power.

An insulator was damaged as a result of the fault caused by the squirrel. Crews will make repairs to the insulator.

The outage lasted about 25 minutes.

Squirrel 11-28-17

(Information and photos courtesy City of Russell.)

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