Squirrel wreaks havoc on electricity

By Katrina Goforth - katrina@altustimes.com

Power was out briefly on the north side of Altus Friday — not ideal in the cool, winter temperatures.

But Altus’ utility department got it back up and running in the time it took Altus Electric Director Mike Villareal to drive across town.

Why did the power go out? A squirrel got into a substation.

According to Villareal, that’s not uncommon. Squirrels tend to wreak more havoc in the spring when temperatures increase, but with the changing temperatures, they’re on the move looking for warm places to hole-up for the winter.

The soft humming and heat put off by an electrical substation would be appealing — for a moment. Or maybe, the notorious climbers find that substations resemble a jungle-gym and are too tempting to pass up.

In the event of a power outage, you can call the Altus Utility Department at 580-481-2241 during normal business hours — Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. — or 580-482-4121 on evenings, weekends or holidays.

By Katrina Goforth


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