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article imageNo Power? Blame an Eastern Grey Squirrel

By KJ Mullins     Sep 19, 2007 in Technology
A busy area of Toronto is experienced lights out Wednesday morning. The culprit was a eastern grey squirrel who was playing on the lines until he touched the wrong wire. Fried squirrels often result in power outages by causing a power surge.
Squirrels often play on the lines with no problems but when they hit a live wire they can cause a power surge. Power surges can take time to completely restore.
"Sometimes if a squirrel comes into contact with our equipment it could become electrocuted and cause a short in the system," said Toronto Hydro spokesperson Tanya Bruckmueller.
"Generally animals play a large part in outages outside of the downtown area, but they do cause problems on our [downtown] system."
A large part of the downtown Toronto core was affected by the latest surge. The areas between Yonge Street and Spadina Avenue and from Queen Street south to the lake have all had some problems. Traffic lights in those areas have also been affected.
According to Canoe, Hydro crews say they're not certain when complete service will be restored.
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