ST. GEORGE – A power outage interrupted service on the west side of St. George Sunday evening, including the areas of Green Valley, Snow Canyon, Sunset Boulevard, Dixie Downs, Bluff Street and Riverside Drive, after a fox managed to make its way into a breaker at the Green Valley Substation.
At approximately 10:50 p.m., the City of St. George posted the following power outage update on their Facebook page:
A damaged 138 KV breaker at the Green Valley substation is the cause of the outage and power is being re-routed to customers on the west side using an alternate line. All power should be restored shortly.
Shortly after 11 p.m., many residents reported having their power restored. The power was reportedly out for approximately 45 minutes.
According to the City of St. George, a fox was the culprit of the power outage after it somehow managed to get into a breaker at the substation. The sly fox perished from the electric shock.
This is not the first time a stealthy fox has been the cause of a St. George power outage. In August of last year, a fox crawled into Substation 138 and tripped a breaker that shut down six other substations interrupting power in St. George and Santa Clara. That outage lasted approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes before city workers discovered the problem.
“We do our best to protect animals and electrical equipment from each other,” the city posted on their Facebook page, “but sometimes animals manage to squeeze past protective measures.”
St. George Police officers were staged at various traffic lights throughout the area to direct traffic. Drivers were advised to be patient and drive with caution in the areas where traffic lights were out and to treat signalized intersections as four-way stops.
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