Nearly 4,800 Flint Energies members lost electricity for about 40 minutes Friday morning when a substation blew shortly after 8 a.m.
We had a squirrel commit suicide, said Jimmy Autry, senior vice president for Flint. The animal jumped into the danger zone, made contact with electrical equipment and its demise affected the transfer bank.
Workers quickly responded and shifted the load to other systems, and electricity was restored in about 40 minutes, he said. Repairs were made to the transfer bank and burned bushes, and the load was restored to the substation Friday afternoon.
The outage affected homes and businesses on the southwest side of Warner Robins from south of Centerville down toward Ga. 96. Power was out for the Houston County Annex and businesses along Carl Vinson Parkway, he said.
The utility told its Facebook fans that animals trigger 11 percent of outages across the nation, making them one of the leading disruptions of electricity flow.