Around 4,200 customers were without power for about 50 minutes on Sunday night and the blame is being placed on wildlife.

ACE Power COO Jason Grisham told the Daily Corinthian a snake found its way into Corinth’s primary substation bus located off Parkway near Lowe’s just before 10:35 p.m.

The reptile’s misadventure caused the large outage placing some of the city’s more populated areas in the dark including much of U.S. 72 from Harper Road to the hospital area. The outage strengthed from North Corinth along Shiloh Road to West Corinth and encompassed most of the downtown residential area. Grisham said the industrial park along Fulton Drive just outside the city limits was also without power. Electricity was restored at approximately 11:15 p.m.

Because such a large number of customers were affected by the outage, ACE’s outage-reporting system did not work correctly for some callers.

“We know it’s frustrating, but our system just can’t handle that volume of callers at one time,” said Grisham.

It didn’t help that the outage knocked power out to ACE’s Tate Street office. The power association’s text alert system was also affected by the outage and texters who attempted to use the system received a “we cannot assist you” message in return.

“Anytime a big outage like this happens, we always spend some time investigating the problem to see if it can be prevented in the future,” added Grisham.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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