SANTA CLARA (KRON) — Several thousand Santa Clara residents are without power Tuesday night, no thanks to a pesky squirrel.
The outage left about 5,000 customers in the dark after the animal made contact with a transformer substation at about 5:52 p.m. in the southeast area of the city, according to Larry Owens, a spokesman for Silicon Valley Power, the municipal electrical utility for Santa Clara.
Crews are working to switch customers from the damaged transformer to a working transformer, Owens said.
The incident has also disabled several traffic signals in the area.
All customers are estimated to have power back around 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m., Owens said.
Once service is restored, crews will work to repair the damaged transformer, according to Owens.
It’s unclear if the squirrel survived.