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raccoon knocks out KUB substation More than 30,000 lose power in West Knoxville after
2018/4/14   HyperLink
The Knoxville Utilities Board is working to restore power to nearly 7,500 people in West Knoxville this morning after a one of its substations went down. According to KUB, its West Hills substation had its incoming power feed cut off by a raccoon that found its way onto a main line -- resulting in the massive outage. KUB said nearly 31,000 lost power initially around 4:00 a.m., but it was able to reroute power for most people to reduce the number of outages until crews could restore the substation's main feed. KUB said it estimates to have power restored by 7:30 a.m. based on similar events. This isn't the first time a critter has knocked out the West Hills substation. Back in Nov. 2012, a squirrel crawled onto one of the main power lines there and shut power off in the area, which led to several evening wrecks on Middlebrook Pike.