Squirrel causes power outage

A squirrel in power lines caused an outage in the downtown area of Morristown for almost three hours Sunday, officials said.

Jody Wigington, general manager and CEO of Morristown Utilities, said Monday that the power outage first happened at 7:32 a.m. Power was restored by 10:33 a.m., he said.

“It was due to a line that burned down on Daisy Street,” he said.

The downed lines led to some traffic lights going down. A couple of traffic lights were off on East Morris Boulevard.

Wigington said it took some time to find the source of the outage because it was in a difficult location to pinpoint.

Several storms came through the area on Saturday and Sunday, but those didn’t affect customers, he said.

“We were clear of the storms, they didn’t bother us,” Wigington said.

But, the squirrel did.

“It turned into a pretty day and I guess the squirrels decided to climb,” Wigington said.