Six hundred Dover residents lost power at 8:38 a.m. on Monday, all thanks to a squirrel. A short was caused when the rodent touched a high voltage bus in one of the city’s sub stations. A high voltage bus is similar to a power line, but rather than being flexible it is made of rigid aluminum.
The City of Dover Electric Department tries to keep animals at bay, but it’s a tough job, said Stephen A. Enss, director of the City of Dover Electric Department.
“We spend a lot of time and money for wildlife protection,” Enss said. “It’s just that sometimes animals still find a way around it. Animals are probably our leading lead cause in outages and normally it’s squirrels.”
The power outage affected residents around Division Street and Loockerman Street, as well as a few of the state buildings around Legislative Hall. Power was restored 11 minutes after the short occurred, Enss said.