After further investigation into this morning’s widespread outage that affected almost 12,000 Warren RECC members in Richardsville, Oakland, Smiths Grove, west Bowling Green, Cemetery Road, and Park City, the cause was determined to be a snake coming in contact with electrical equipment in a substation.
This is the second time in a year that a snake has caused outages in the same substation. Just last month another snake was captured on video in the substation, and personnel responded before the snake could get into the equipment.
Warren RECC President and CEO W. Scott Ramsey apologizes to all members who were affected, especially those who were getting ready for work or other appointments. “We will be requesting assistance from third parties, including WKU, to perform a snake study in the area where this particular substation is located.
Generally, when snakes get into substations, they are looking for rodents or birds that build nests on the framing of the substation. However, we have also experienced snakes being dropped over electrical equipment from flying hawks,” Ramsey said.
To report power outages in Warren County, call 843-9710; outside Warren County, call toll-free 1 (888) 604-4321.