Scurrying Squirrel Leaves Nearly 2,500 Customers Without Power

PG&E confirms incident occurred Sunday morning at Pollard Road and Avenida del Sol.


Close to 2,500 Los Gatos customers lost power for a little over an hour Sunday morning because of a tight-rope walking squirrel.

based on initial information from Santa Clara County Fire, PG&E confirms that at 10:02 a.m., a squirrel that had gone across a powerline at Pollard Road and Avenida del Sol was at fault for the blackout.

This caused a fuse to blow, according to PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi.

Guidi said a total of 2,388 customers lost power and of these, one was in Campbell.

Power was fully restored by 11:22 a.m.

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patricia July 22, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Squirrels cross power lines all day long, there had to be a defect in the line before ms squirrel scurried by. Maybe another hungry squirrel on another day took a nibble and died. Anybody notice any dead squirrels on the ground in that area?
Alina Squeak July 22, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I must admit, the headline made me chuckle and that first line of the story left me grinning, even though I feel bad for the people that lost power. Scurrying squirrel and tight-rope walking squirrel... HAHAHA!
Claudia Cruz July 22, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Great observation! Squirrels do cross power lines all the time. We had a squirrel in Mountain View that bit into a power line, died and also took out power to 3,200 homes.


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