Friday, May 20, 2016

"Raccoon takes out power to thousands"

From The Journal

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"RACINE — A raccoon's contact with energy equipment knocked out power to thousands of We Energies's customers on the northwest side of Racine early Friday morning, a company spokeswoman confirmed. 

"The outage hit about 7,000 customers in Racine, Caledonia and Mount Pleasant at about 12:30 a.m, but over half of those customers only saw their power out for a moment, according to WE Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schulze. 

"She said about 3,000 customers were without power for about three hours while the equipment was repaired. 

"Schulze said the company report did not specify the boundaries of the outage, but she noted that the company received a high volume of calls during the night from areas around Northwestern Avenue, Erie Street, Douglas Avenue and 4 Mile Road.

"Schulze could not immediately confirm how the raccoon had damaged equipment or if it survived the incident."

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OrbsCorbs said...

That cat looks like a young Charlie. Maybe he was raised by raccoons. He's always sticking his head in the garbage.

Tender Heart Bear said...

Our power was out for about a half hour. My daughter was still up when it went out and she woke me up and I called We Energies right away but I could not use the house phone I had to use my cell phone to call them.

OrbsCorbs said...

Charlie's tail is striped like a raccoon's, too. I'm beginning to wonder. No one knows what his first year was like except some insane woman committed to a mental institution. Maybe she had raccoons for pets, too.

Finally, if you're a raccoon nut, go to Knuckledraggin My Life Away. Scroll for posts from "Wisco Dave." He always has funny photos of raccoons.

OrbsCorbs said...

THB, I hate power outages. That's how the terrorists will overtake us, by destroying the power grid

When I lived near downtown, power outages were common, especially during storms. I figured that was because it was the oldest part of the city and therefore had the oldest utilities.