Crews work to repair damage caused by a squirrel at the Frazier Street substation in Centralia. Photo by Pat Hodges.
A squirrel is blamed for setting off a power outage that impacted 1,929 Ameren Illinois customers mostly on the east side of Centralia Tuesday morning.
Ameren officials say the outage began around 9:00 am. During the investigation, crews found that a squirrel got into a substation causing damage to equipment which resulted in the outage.
At 10:30, Ameren was able to restore 994 customers through switching. The rest had power restored shortly after noon on Tuesday.