Raccoon blamed for cutting power to town of Hope after causing an electrical short at substation

Town in dark for 5 hours

HOPE, Ind. - A raccoon that wandered into a power substation is being blaming for an hours-long outage in a south-central Indiana community.

An estimated 1,100 customers of both Duke Energy and Bartholomew County REMC were plunged into darkness late Tuesday night when the raccoon caused an electrical short in both lines and equipment in a Duke Energy substation.

Power was restored to the area early Wednesday about five hours later.

REMC line superintendent Jim Kamman tells The Republic the raccoon "got into a place he shouldn't have been."

He says crews will try to better secure the facility to safeguard it from future animal intrusions.

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