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Officials: Raccoon to blame for power outage

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HOPE — A mischievous raccoon was responsible for an almost five-hour power outage in Hope and surrounding areas overnight.

An estimated 1,116 customers of both Duke Energy and Bartholomew County REMC lost electricity at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday, according to REMC line superintendent Jim Kamman. He said power was restored at 3:31 a.m. Wednesday.

Kamman said the raccoon made its way into a Duke Energy substation located along County Road 600N, west of State Road 9, and “got into a place he shouldn’t have been.”

The result was an electrical short in both lines and equipment, Kamman said.

Efforts will be made to better secure the facility to prevent similar incidents from recurring, Kamman said.

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