Squirrel Caused Power Outage In Republic

It's been a tough time getting to work and school for a lot of folks in Republic after their power went out early Wednesday morning. 

Empire Electric reported just under 3900 outages on its map in the Republic area in the 7am hour, but that number was down to 16 customers shortly after 8 a.m. 

During the outage, the lights were out along Highway 60 between Elm and Main, with police directing traffic. 

An Empire spokeswoman says a squirrel got into a substation and caused a short circuit. 


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