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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A squirrel damaged an Appalachian Power Co. substation Tuesday morning, cutting off power to about 2,200 customers in the Christiansburg area of Montgomery County for about two hours.
Spokeswoman Teresa Hamilton Hall said the outage was concentrated near Virginia 114 and the New River Valley Mall.
A squirrel got into the Vicker substation in the county, Hall said. Power was lost about 9:45 a.m.
Half of the New River Valley Mall was without power during the outage, general manager Michael Poldiak said. All was back to normal by noon, he said.
It was the latest acorn eater to cause a power outage. Another squirrel knocked out power to the Roanoke Regional Airport in June.
Critters caused 3,000 outages last year in Appalachian’s Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee region, the company has said.
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