Raccoon leaves thousands without power in Aurora

Raccoon cuts power to 27K customers. 9NEWS at 5 p.m. 10/21/16.

AURORA - A raccoon got into some equipment at an Xcel substation early Friday morning, leaving 26,831 customers without power for multiple hours, according to Xcel. 

The outage mainly affected the areas from Yosemite Street to Sable Boulevard and Colfax to Alameda avenues.

Some street lights are also affected, police say. As of 8 a.m., the intersections at Interstate 225 and Colfax Avenue, Alameda Avenue and South Potomac Street and Peoria Street and Del Mar Circle were without power. 

Xcel’s outage map also showed multiple outages near Westminster and Broomfield.

Power has since been restored for all of the customers, though via Twitter, some still reported intermittent outages.  

RTD says the power is out at the bus garage, which could lead to delays on the following routes: 15, 15L, 65, 73, 105, 121, 130, 133, 135, 139, 153, 169, 169L, P. 

Aurora Police say to plan ahead for your morning drive and avoid traveling in the areas where street lights are down if possible.

The initial cause of the outage was reported to be a blown transformer, Aurora Police say. 

As for the raccoon? Xcel says it did not survive. 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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