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Raccoon breaks insulator leaving Truman State University without power

Truman State University is currently using a backup power feed all because of a Raccoon. It made its way into their electrical substation early Wednesday morning. (Photo: Amber Draper/KTVO)

Truman State University is currently using a backup power feed all because of a Raccoon. It made its way into their electrical substation early Wednesday morning. Assistant Director of Physical Plant, Tim Baker says more than 15 buildings on campus have been effected.

“About 2 a.m this morning a raccoon got into our substation that serves the central and eastern part of the campus."

Baker says the animal crawled on top of the main transformer and broke the insulator. The entire campus was without power and the university is currently using an emergency feed.

“Right now we are experiencing low voltage in a number of places around campus, but we are dealing with it.”

This is not the first time a raccoon has tampered with the substations. Baker says the same thing happened about three years ago. But the University has taken preventative measures to keep the substations secure.

“Well we have a eight foot fence around the substations with 3three four strands of barbed wire and they still crawl over it."

While Baker says raccoons in substations are a big problem, he says it is also apart of the job.

" It's apart of having an electrical gear in a relatively rural area."

Baker says power should be restored Thursday morning.


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