Squirrel knocks out power to 9,000 in Portland

A substation in Clackamas, Ore. A squirrel somehow got into the substation on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, cutting power to about 5,000 PGE customers in the Gladstone area. (KOIN 6 News)
FILE - A substation at 5060 SE Jennings Ave in Gladstone, Ore. A squirrel somehow got into the substation on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, cutting power to about 5,000 PGE customers in the area. (KOIN 6 News)

(KOIN) – For the second time in less than a week, a squirrel is responsible for a power outage that has left thousands of PGE customers without electricity.

According to a PGE spokesperson, the latest power outage occurred at about 7:40 a.m. Monday after a squirrel got into a substation near Southeast Sherman Street and 174th Avenue.

According to PGE’s website, 9,134 Multnomah County customers were without electricity as of 9:15 a.m. About 7,000 of those were in the Southeast Portland area, and 1,200 in Gresham.

Crews were working to repair the issue. Power was expected to be restored by about 10 a.m.

Last week, a squirrel got into a substation in the Gladstone area, knocking out power to about 5,000 people. On Sunday evening, an outage issue at a Beaverton substation left more than 7,000 people in the dark.

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