It's all the fault of a squirrel, again.

@MarieCoyle (30737)
June 10, 2024 8:13pm CST
Every single summer, a squirrel is the cause of a transformer blowing here, and we get left with no power. That happened today--heard a distant boom, and no power...we went 3 hours without power before they could get it patched together, it's gone out twice since then, and they are still working on it. We just don't realize how important having electricity is, until we do not have it! Luckily, I had our dinner done before it blew, so there was a hot meal. My neighbor needed to leave for work, but her car was in the garage and she couldn't get the door open...and she couldn't climb up there to pull the release on the automatic door, either. Finally she was able to find another neighbor who climbed up and let her out. At the present time, it's working. I am hopeful it doesn't go out again and they really have it fixed this time.
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@snowy22315 (172574)
• United States
11 Jun
Gee, I hope it comes back on. We have been lucky with the squirrels here. They don't seem to cause problems with the electric..Of course most of the cables and such are underground.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
Many are underground here as well, but we still have transformer boxes/stations in some places, and the squirrels evidently love to chew on the wires.. Ugh.
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@Orson_Kart (6181)
• United Kingdom
11 Jun
I’ve never heard of anything like that happening here. What is the attraction for squirrels? Yes, we take the supply of energy and water for granted, until we don’t have it.
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• United Kingdom
11 Jun
@MarieCoyle Getting electrocuted? I’m guessing it not the same squirrel every year then. Damn nuisance though.
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• United Kingdom
11 Jun
@MarieCoyle Does the transformer lend itself to Squirrel attack? I mean, is it a poor design? I’ve never heard that happen here and we have plenty of transformers and squirrels.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
Squirrels often destroy things here. It's just one of their tricks, I guess.
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@AmbiePam (86573)
• United States
11 Jun
What a good neighbor! It’s amazing the ways squirrels find to cause problems. I hope your electricity doesn’t go out when it is so hot.
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@AmbiePam (86573)
• United States
11 Jun
@MarieCoyle Oh, Marie. That’s just intolerable.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
@AmbiePam It was horrible. I had fans but they just blew hot air around, no relief at all at those temperatures. I spent a few nights with a friend, she and her husband found out my air was broken and invited me to stay there, I finally broke down and went to stay the night for a few nights, just so I could sleep!
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@annierose (20211)
• Philippines
11 Jun
Wow, what an eventful day! It's amazing how a little squirrel can cause such big disruptions. Glad to hear you had dinner prepared and that your neighbor got out of the garage. Hopefully, the power stays on now, and you can relax a bit!
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@annierose (20211)
• Philippines
11 Jun
@MarieCoyle Glad to hear things are back to normal, Marie!
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
I am glad it’s back on, too. Thank you!
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
@annierose Normal? Haha never, not around here!
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@sallypup (58720)
• Centralia, Washington
11 Jun
I never thought about electric garage door openers. I'm glad your neighbor got some help.
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@sallypup (58720)
• Centralia, Washington
11 Jun
@MarieCoyle One of the perks of being in town is that I no longer have to worry about a well when the electricity goes out. I remember too well wanting electricity to return so that we could get water flowing from the taps again.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
@sallypup I remember those days. I am glad not to have a well anymore.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
We are all lost without electricity. I have candles and an emergency radio, but...it's not the same
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@JudyEv (328975)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Jun
Being stuck and not able to use your car could be life-threatening in some instances. Even fail-safe things aren't always the answer.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
It's not really convenient to release the little rope thingy to operate the door manually, because...the car is parked in the way, and it's above the car! Yes, it could be. If you can't get out, you're stuck!
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@kaylachan (60515)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
11 Jun
Sounds like an area we lived once. someone knocked out the power for a week, because they drove their car into a poll.
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@kaylachan (60515)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
11 Jun
@MarieCoyle Yes, it is. Although it's quite common around here especially durring hurricane season. Especially when it comes to who's responsible for tree removal. I remember a couple years ago, George and I spent a week motel hopping because no one could figure out who should remove damaged trees from power lines.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
12 Jun
@kaylachan What a snarl that must have been. Everyone waiting for someone else to do the tree removal, when it has to be done, it has to be done...so frustrating.
@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
Oh wow, a week!! That’s a long time to go without power.
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@rebelann (111729)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Jun
I'm totally addicted to all the bennies of electricity, I'd be completely lost if we suddenly didn't have any
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
I know I am lost without it as well!
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@Juliaacv (48985)
• Canada
11 Jun
The poor squirrels always get blamed.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
Yes, they certainly do here. But they usually are guilty!
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@LadyDuck (463028)
• Switzerland
11 Jun
The reason why we never wanted an electric garage door is because I want to be sure to open the door every time I need to open it. I hope the problem will e fixed soon with the electricity.
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@LadyDuck (463028)
• Switzerland
12 Jun
@MarieCoyle - My brother rented a closed garage in Milan, near the apartment of my mother. It had a normal door, but he insisted to install an electric door. If you know how many times we had to call an electrician because our car was stuck inside!
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
12 Jun
@LadyDuck Oh, my. That would have been very frustrating.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
It’s all good. When you rent, you have to go with what they have, in this case, a garage door opener.
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@Hannihar (130239)
• Israel
11 Jun
@MarieCoyle You are right about that. We do not realize how lucky we are when we have things and to go without them then we get lost. I hope it gets fixed for good and you can do something about the squirrels causing your electricity problem.
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@LindaOHio (161558)
• United States
11 Jun
We now have a standby generator that automatically goes on when the power goes out. I'm sorry your power went out. So inconvenient. Have a good day.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
I had a generator where I used to live. But renters are not allowed to have them here.
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@LindaOHio (161558)
• United States
11 Jun
@MarieCoyle It's the best when it's icy cold in the winter and we can still have heat.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
@LindaOHio I counted on mine during bad storms if the power went down, as it kept the basement sump pump running--without power, and with really big rains, if the sump pump didn't run, the basement flooded.
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@zoe316 (406)
• Cebu City, Philippines
11 Jun
I remember last month the transformer in the street post in front of our house exploded. We're about to sleep when e heard the explosion and the electricity shut down. I hurriedly run to get my phone and turned on the flashlight then get my bag and went outside the house. People were screaming outside because there's already fire in the post. The post is just next to our gate, I was so nervous thinking my important personal belongings I left inside the house. I wanted to go back inside the house but the fire is getting bigger.: Thanks God the fire truck came but 24 hour there's no electricity...
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
12 Jun
It was so good that no one was hurt during that. Scary stuff!
11 Jun
I hope you never have a power outage again. I know I have a fear to the point of phobia of power outages. I do however love squirrels if they are behaving. I watch them out the kitchen window playing in the tree in our backyard which is directly outside the window.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
Well, not ever having a power outage ever again, is just not realistic. We get wild winds and storms, winter ice storms, and we have the squirrels to fill in the blanks and do their thing with the electric service. It's just part of life--often annoying, but it happens. When you think about it, the animals were all here, or rather where we are, way before we were. It's their place first, then ours. The power companies here all strive to give us top service, so I try not to worry about it.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
13 Jun
@LovesEverybody Two summers ago, my area got hit with a terrible storm and many towns for miles around were without power. Mine was out for several days. It was hard, it was hot and uncomfortable. I stayed with a family member who wasn't close enough to be affected, then I drove home once a day to check on things and such. It wasn't easy--but I was one of the lucky ones, I still had a home and a car and they were not damaged. One of my friends a few miles away from me had so much damage, they had no power for 10 days! If I had to pick one to fear, it would be losing my home rather than losing power for awhile!
12 Jun
@MarieCoyle I prefer to wish never to have one again I have such a fear of them. I wish I could feel the same way as you about it, but I just don't see it happening. Not even with my new medicine
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@LeaPea2417 (36764)
• Toccoa, Georgia
11 Jun
That happened here a couple of years ago. Luckily we didn't have to wait that long before it was fixed.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
When I lived ''out in the sticks'' for several years, there was a big metal box thing across the road from me, next to a cornfield. Every year was the same thing. Field mice wanted to get warm in the winter, so they would dig or basically find any way to get in that thing to escape the winter. Then they would chew the wires, and cut off the power for us.
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@wolfgirl569 (97939)
• Marion, Ohio
11 Jun
Glad she got the car out
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
She was, too!
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@RasmaSandra (75004)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
11 Jun
Sorry the pesky squirrels are causing this trouble. Was the squirrel toast after this? I see a squirrel running along the cables here every day but nothing bad has happened, I hope your power stays on,
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
That's how they end up on the transformers, usually via a power line. Then they are squirrel-toast. Thank you, it's all fine now.
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@TheHorse (209135)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Jun
Was it wet out? Here, squirrels usually zap themselves when it's wet out. I suppose they become better "conductors."
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
No, it was dry and sunny. No rain at all. Here is an excerpt from the link I posted in a comment, it explains it better. But yes, it is extremely common. You hear a low, dull boom!! And you have no power. '' Unitil, a utility company serving over 107,000 in the northeast U.S., says squirrels cause an average of 8.5% of its outages each year. Unitil says since the animals use power lines for travel, it’s easy for them to inadvertently cause electrical trouble.'' “When a squirrel climbs onto an electrical transformer, it may cross the bare wire that leads from the high-voltage line to the transformer,” Unitil said in a May blog. “If it were to simultaneously touch this wire and a part of the transformer with sufficient electrical ground, an electrical short can cause both a power outage and the electrocution of the animal.'' Fox 59 news.
@JESSY3236 (19217)
• United States
11 Jun
Yeah that is problem with everything being electric.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
That’s true, I have all electric everything here.
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
11 Jun
I remember the first time I saw a baby squirrel fall from a power line. I was like eleven and I was so sad about it. But we took him to the vet and he survived.
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@MarieCoyle (30737)
11 Jun
Awe…I’ve raised a few baby squirrels, that fell out of trees but mama didn’t come after them. I’m glad yours survived!