Metro-East News

Squirrels in Ameren substation leave New Athens without power

Squirrels that had gotten into an Ameren substation near New Athens left residents in the area without power Sunday evening.

About 750 customers lost power at around 7:15 p.m., according to Ameren spokesman Brian Bretsch.

Ameren crews switched the affected circuit to another power source within the station, restoring power at around 8:45 p.m.

Crews will make necessary repairs to the circuit, but the repairs will not cause outages.