A squirrel snuck into a Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) substation, causing 3,000 customers to go without power, said KUA spokesman Chris Gent.
The incident occurred at . KUA crews removed the animal carcass and power was promptly restored to most customers at . The outage affected customers along
Squirrels are often a problem for the electric system because of the abundance of food available during the rainy season. Squirrels like to climb, but they are unable to distinguish a power pole from a tree. Because of their size and long, bushy tails, squirrels are more likely to cause problems with overhead lines than other animals. Unfortunately, it is highly likely the squirrel will die in such an accident… as was in this case. To help alleviate this problem, KUA continues to install squirrel guards in areas of high animal activity.
Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116