Squirrels causing power outages is old news. But a squirrel causing a power outage, a boil water notice and the forced closure of hundreds of businesses? Now that’s worthy of a mention in Squirrels, Squirrels, Squirrels.
A squirrel wandered into a power substation in Fort Worth last week, and “about 25,000 to 30,000 households lost water or experienced low water pressure, city officials said. And after water started flowing again, the water department issued a “boil water notice,” warning people in the affected area to boil their drinking water to ensure that harmful bacteria and other microbes are destroyed.”
Not only that, but “The city’s public health department ordered an estimated 380 affected businesses — mostly food service establishments — to close, said Amy Casas, a department spokeswoman.”
Complaining “callers blamed the problem on such things as a truck running into a power pole to a possible terrorist attack. No one… mentioned a squirrel.”
Local BBQ restaurant owner Craig Payne summed it up well:
“Darn squirrel,” Payne said. “That just goes to show you, doesn’t matter how small you are, you can make a difference.”