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Cause Of Power Outage In Motherlode Found

P-G and E crews took several hours to get the lights back on yesterday afternoon for nearly 10-thousand Mother Lode customers. Spokesperson Mark Hendrickson says a squirrel got into some heavy equipment at about 2:00 in the afternoon and caused extensive damage to insulators at the Curtis Substation.

As a result, new equipment had to be brought in. Hendrickson says the majority of customers had power restored by 5 p.m.