Squirrel blamed for power outage affecting nearly 2,000 in Oregon

A power outage that affected 1,953 customers in Oregon was blamed on a single culprit: a squirrel.

Portland General Electric said 1,953 customers in East Salem lost power about 10:42 a.m. Tuesday and the power was restored at 12:07 p.m.

PGE said a squirrel was to blame for the outage, but the specifics of the animal’s actions were unclear.

Dominion Energy said about 10,000 customers in Virginia lost power in September when a squirrel came into contact with substation equipment. Power was restored after about an hour.