Nearly every resident in Holton last month lost power two times in five days, and both outages were caused by the same culprit: Snakes getting into the substation.
Westar Energy reported outages in Holton the evenings of May 20 and May 25. Both lasted nearly an hour and affected 2,100 customers, said spokeswoman Gina Penzig.
Learning the citywide outages were caused by snakes was a first for Holton city manager Bret Bauer.
“I’ve never heard of snakes (causing outages) before,” he said. “Opossums and squirrels, yes. But not snakes.”
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