Thankfully the wily squirrel who crossed a high-voltage power line at LAX didn’t disrupt important airport transmissions, just the air conditioning systems. Sigh, squirrels and power lines: A never-ending struggle.
“A squirrel was responsible for unplugging the South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. clients for about a half-hour, as well as playing havoc with traffic lights.
..The doomed animal sneaked into a substation near where St. Andrews Boulevard becomes Old Towne Road. During its ill-fated journey at about 7:30 a.m., it made contact with two high-voltage points.
..Around here, the past couple of months have been squirrel season. In January, the creatures caused 210 outages, …and February figures were expected to be about the same. That means squirrels caused more mischief than trees or other animals.”
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.”
For a while now, Dave Barry has been following the antics of squirrels on his blog. He labels them something like SQUIRREL TERRORISM UPDATES.
Most recently, he links to a news story about some very dumb squirrels in Wisconsin, who, instead of hibernating, are ruining the Christmas cheer for the poor residents of Milwaukee, who, by god, deserve a little illumination this time of year. What are the squirrels doing? Yep, making a meal out of the lights. And then zapping themselves silly. (Chewing through the rubber to get to the electrical charge — no makey sense. Why do squirrels do dumb shit like this?)
Although fersure squirrels can be a pesky menace, when you read the original story, it becomes apparent why the town is struggling with the squirrels:
“The deer repellent didn’t work on squirrels,” said worker Dave McKeithan.