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Raccoon blamed for outage

by The Indiana Gazette on May 08, 2014 10:55 AM

A wayward raccoon is to blame for a power outage that affected Penelec and REA customers in and around Indiana Borough and White Township early Wednesday morning.

According to a Penelec spokesman, the raccoon got into the Edgewood substation off Route 286 and knocked it offline sometime around 1:15 a.m., leaving roughly 900 customers without power.

Penelec also provides power to REA Energy Cooperative, whose customers also were affected.

As a work-around, crews temporarily routed power around the substation, restoring some service around 3:30 a.m. However, there were capacity issues with the work-around, and some customers experienced brownouts and flickering lights.

Penelec had full service restored by around 10:45 a.m., the spokesman said.

The raccoon was killed in the accident, he added.

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