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Raccoon blamed for power outage in Steamboat Springs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado ” Electricity has been restored to more than 2,000 customers in Steamboat Springs after an overnight outage blamed on a raccoon.

Yampa Valley Electric Association spokesman Jim Chappell says a raccoon climbed a voltage regulator at a substation near Howelsen Ice Arena when it made contact with a live conductor at about midnight Thursday. Chappell says that caused “high voltage fuses to interrupt power flow.”

Power was restored about 90 minutes later.

Chappell says at least one piece of electrical equipment was damaged and will need to be replaced. The repair could take two to three weeks.

YVEA officials say they’ve installed numerous animal barriers at substations, but they plan to discuss other possible prevention measures with wildlife officials.


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