Squirrel Blamed for Teaneck-Area Power Outage [UPDATE]

About 5,000 customers lost power in three towns, utility company says.

PSEG's recent electricity repairs were no match for a wayward squirrel Monday morning. 

The animal "came in contact" with two circuits, knocking out service to about 5,000 customers in Teaneck, Bogota and Ridgefield Park, a company spokeswoman said. 

Crews had tied the two circuits together in a temporary fix after another utility failure Sunday, according to PSEG's Annette Hicks. 

"Our crews are making repairs and the system should be back to normal within an hour," the spokeswoman said shortly before 11 a.m. 

In Teaneck, up to 2,000 customers lost service but were mostly restored by 9 a.m., according to PSEG's outage map. The company reported up to 5,000 without service in Ridgefield Park. 

from Teaneck to Dumont. 


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Art Vatsky January 14, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Well, that squirrel is toast. Maybe the genset companies are training the squirrels?
Dee Are January 14, 2013 at 05:52 PM
is the photo for the article a file picture of the particular squirrel? did he have a record of doing this? Is there a will? What about his family -- will they be filing suit against the town or can they be named in civil actions resulting from the outage? And do they need any sort of therapy? Squirrel electrocutions hurt more than just the squirrel who is electrocuted.
Teaneck_Resident January 14, 2013 at 06:40 PM
I hear they are tasty if cooked correctly. This one...not so much just all carbon.
carol weinstein karlin January 14, 2013 at 06:53 PM
squirrel vs. PSE&G...who would have thought...
shimon baum January 14, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Is there anything in this town that doesn't cause power outages?
Teaneck_Resident January 14, 2013 at 07:45 PM
The same thing happend to the college I attended. All sorts of backup systems and a little critter chewed the power line and poof...
PM January 15, 2013 at 03:10 PM
~Whew~ Good thing that Township Manager Wm. Broughton wasn't affected - OH, wait. He lives over an hour away in South Jersey. Wonder if he drove his taxpayer funded car up on the weekend to investigate?


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