Ameren: Squirrel to blame for more than 700 power outages

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A squirrel is to blame for leaving more than 700 people in the dark on Sunday morning, according to Ameren.

Cape Girardeau Regional Airport was without power Sunday morning, along with others in the area.  Airport officials say the control tower was on backup generator power and everything was working properly.

Ameren reports that as of 10 a.m. there were nearly 30 outages in Cape Girardeau County and around 680 outages in Scott County, Mo.

According to airport officials, they were making sure everything was running smoothly.  And, flights were not affected by the outage.

According to Ameren,  the outage was caused by a squirrel who got onto a transformer at transfer substation by the airport.  Crews changed out a fuse and power was restored.

Ameren officials say it's that time of year for squirrels, and they have preventative measures in place to stop animals from causing this, but this time one got through.

The outage lasted for one hour and twenty minutes.

Power came back on around 10:10 a.m. for those affected.

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