Squirrel blamed for 5K outage in Cedar Springs area

A screen capture from Consumers Energy's map shows the power outages in the Cedar Springs area of 10:50 a.m. on May 19, 2017.

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (WOOD) —  A Consumers Energy spokesman said thousands of homes and businesses in the Cedar Springs area lost power when a squirrel got caught in a substation.

Spokesman Roger Morgenstern said 5,500 customers in the Cedar Springs area lost power around 10:05 a.m. Friday. Power was fully restored at 11:01 a.m.

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Crews had just finished restoring power for about 2,000 customers in Grand Rapids when the Cedar Springs outage happened.

Morgenstern said failing equipment was to blame for that brief outage, which was mostly on Grand Rapids’ West Side and Grand Valley State University’s Pew campus.

Morgenstern said 2,000 customers there lost power around 9:12 a.m., but it was back on around 9:51 a.m.

Consumers Energy’s outage map showed a total of 2,641 customers in Grand Rapids were without power Friday morning.

The David D. Hunting YMCA in downtown Grand Rapids closed for a short time because of the lack of power, but reopened around 10:15 a.m.