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UPDATE: Power outage that impacted more than 8,000 customers Tuesday night was caused by a raccoon

Power outages in Colorado Springs 6/8/21.
Power outages in Colorado Springs 6/8/21.(Google/Colorado Springs Utilities)
Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 9:52 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 10:36 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE: Colorado Springs Utilities confirms with 11 News that the power outage customers experienced Tuesday night was caused by a raccoon.

The outage lasted from 9:36 p.m. until 10:02 p.m. A Colorado Springs Utilities spokesperson says that while it’s not uncommon for animals to get into substations, this particular incident occurred at one of the company’s larger substations, which directly impacted others throughout the city.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Two areas of Colorado Springs were hit with power outages Tuesday night.

Just after 9:30 p.m. a large area near E. Platte Avenue and Powers on the east side of the city lost power and a large area near Highway 115 and Lake Avenue on the southwest side of the city lost power. You can click here for a live outage map from Colorado Springs Utilities.

There were also a number of neighborhoods impacted in between the to major outages that were without power.

According to the website, more than 8,000 customers were impacted. The estimated restoration time for all customers is expected to happen before 2 a.m. on Wednesday. Often times, Colorado Springs Utilities has power restored for many customers well before the estimated restoration time.

This article likely won’t be updated. The purpose of this article is to inform the public of the major outages and provide a link to the outage map for the most up-to-date information.

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