By FRANK PHILLIPS
Many people in central Clay County awoke Wednesday to find they had no electricity. Thanks to a mother raccoon, power was out about four hours, Cinergy spokesman Rick Burger said.
Cinergy workers learned a family of raccoons had taken up residence inside the fence at the Staunton sub-station. Unfortunately, the animals' quiet home life ended when the adult raccoon managed to touch both terminals of a power transformer at the same time. Not only was the animal killed, but "major, major damage" was done to the electric sub-station by the animals.
Residents from south of Brazil to Clay City were reportedly without power during part of the hours between 2:30 a.m. and 8 or 9 a.m., according to one report to The Times.
Power was rerouted to the affected area until repairs could be completed.
It will not be known for a few days how much equipment damage will cost Cinergy, but Berger said, "One little critter can do thousands and thousands of dollars damage".