Squirrel blamed for Wash. Co. power outage

Squirrel blamed for Wash. Co. power outage

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on July 2, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 10:13 AM

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- A squirrel was the culprit responsible for Wednesday's major power outage in Washington County, according to PGE.

More than 9,000 Washington County customers lost power County Wednesday morning, according to Portland General Electric. Several stoplights were out in the area during the outage.

Washington County dispatch used auxiliary power and the outage did not impact 911 service.

PGE spokeswoman Brianne Hyder said a squirrel got into a substation near Twin Oaks Drive and Cornell Road in Beaverton just after 6:30 a.m.

Small, unrelated outages were also reported at several other sites throughout the county. 

Click here for the latest outage list from PGE

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