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Mike Keltner: Power outage caused by a squirrel

UPDATE: Mike Keltner reports that all power was restored by 10:30amCT. A drive around affected areas revealed that everything appears to be back to normal.
Outages reported over large area of Columbia. Power could be restored before 11amCT, if all goes as planned.

By Ed Waggener

Mike Keltner, Adair County Emergency Director, said that the power outage being experienced this morning on Jamestown Hill, some parts of Greensburg Street, at the hospital and at Summit Manor, was caused by a squirrel which short circuited a line a transformer substation in the City Limits of Columbia. He said that both the hospital and nursing home are operating smoothly utilizing their generators until power is fully restored.

According to information he has received, local Kentucky Utilities say they could have power back to normal within one hour, once they get approval from KU higher ups in Lexington, KY.


Mr. Keltner said that his first call on the outage came at 8:36amCT.

In addition to the previously mentioned areas without power this morning, he said that Tutt Street is out or mostly so. There are also reports of outages on and off side streets on Creek Bend Road.

While many restaurants were shut down this morning, Mr. Keltner said that as soon as power is back on, they should be able to reopen; most are equipped to keep food without spoilage for longer periods of time.

He said that the approval to switch customers over to another Columbia transformer station is necessary in order to balance the grid, to make sure the other transformer substation can adequately handle the load.


This story was posted on 2017-09-26 09:48:03
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