Squirrel Knocks Out Power In Siloam Springs
Power was out temporarily for more than 1,000 Siloam Springs electric customers, including the regional hospital, after a squirrel got into a substation early Monday (Sept. 16), officials said.
The incident at the Lincoln Street substation knocked power out in the northwest part of the city, beginning at 7:10 a.m., said Holland Hayden, city spokeswoman. Power was restored at 8:30 a.m., she said.
Electricity services are city-owned and operated, Hayden said.
David Cameron, city administrator, said in a new release: “Our electric director, Art Farine, has informed me that a squirrel had gotten on top of the main transformer in Lincoln Street substation. It caused an arc, which damaged several arresters and bushings. Crews are still assessing the damage, but we had to switch the lines over to other substations while we make repairs. About 1,229 customers were out, including the hospital and high school, along with the traffic lights on Cheri Whitlock and Progress Avenue.”
The hospital was able to operate with back-up power sources, officials said.