Squirrel knocks out power for tens of thousands across central San Diego
12:57 PM, Jul 25, 2017
6:15 PM, Jul 25, 2017
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A squirrel is being blamed for a power outage Tuesday that left tens of thousands of San Diegans in the dark.
Approximately 45,000 customers across the central San Diego area were left without power shortly before 12:30 p.m., according to San Diego Gas & Electric and the company's power outage map.
Most customers had their service restored within the hour, with only 1,700 still without power as of 1:40 p.m.
The outage affected the following areas:
Old Town/ Mission Hills/ Hillcrest
University Heights/ North Park/ Normal Heights
Mission Valley/ Kearny Mesa/ Tierrasanta
City Heights/ Chollas Creek/ Oak Park
Center City/ Balboa Park/ Golden Hills
Kensington/ Talmadge/ W State College
SDG&E officials said the squirrel came into contact and disrupted with a transmission line at the company's El Cajon Blvd. substation, leaving thousands in the dark. The condition of the squirrel, however, was not disclosed by company officials.
A substation is currently down and we are working hard to repair. Thank you for your patience.