KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 26, 11:30 a.m. – A wayward squirrel was the cause of a power outage Friday morning that left 2,916 customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) without electricity for one hour.
The squirrel came in contact with a 13,200-volt line at 7:20 a.m., near the southwest corner of John Young Parkway and Donegan Avenue in Kissimmee. A subsequent surge caused the power line to drop to the street below, forcing utility crews to re-string the line. Power was restored at 8:23 a.m.
The outage caused no accidents or injuries except one: the squirrel died.
Animal interference with electric power facilities accounts for 12 percent of all electricity outages in the U.S. For KUA, wildlife has been the cause of 37 percent of outages in the past week alone.
In areas of the city prone to large squirrel populations, KUA has installed guards to prevent the rodents from climbing onto transformers and other equipment where they risk being electrocuted and causing power outages.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent
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