BEAVERTON — A squirrel caused a widespread power outage in Washington County on Wednesday morning and it’s a much familiar tune for utility crews.
“This has been a particularly tough year with the squirrels,” said PGE’s Melanie Moir.
It’s in fact the third time that a rodent has caused problems at the Oak Hills substation this summer.
Power was knocked out to at least 8,300 customers of Portland General Electric in the 97006 zip code. Homes and businesses went dark around 8:30 for about two hours and traffic signals were out or flashing.
PGE says the rodent found its way in through an electric fence that was installed after the first two incidents.
“Yet this squirrel still was very determined and able to get through,” added Moir.
They’re going to be looking into if more can be done to keep the juice flowing.