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The Today File

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December 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Lewis County power outage caused by rat

The (Centralia) Chronicle

About 1,400 residents around Chehalis lost power for a hour and a half Saturday afternoon due to a rat that caused damage to the Lewis County Public Utilities District’s Williams Avenue Substation.

Corenne Moses, communications liaison for the Lewis County PUD, said a rat had crawled between a sensitive area where it caused a shortage, which burned out a breaker and made the power transformer fuses burn out.

It was a relatively quick fix, Moses said, but all the equipment had to be replaced.

The rat was found dead after interfering with the substation.

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