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Squirrel knocks out power to 5,300 in Ogdensburg

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OGDENSBURG — A blown electrical transformer disrupted power to a significant portion of the city Tuesday afternoon.

Initial reports said a squirrel may be have shorted out one of National Grid’s main transformers, a report that National Grid spokeswoman Virginia J. Limmiatis confirmed.

“It happens pretty regularly,” she said. “I don’t know the numbers, but it happens more often than not.”

She said approximately 5,300 customers were affected, and that power was expected to be restored by 6:30 or 7 p.m.

In the city limits, businesses and residences along Ford Street Extension, Canton Street, and portions of State Street were among those affected.

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