Seventy-five-hundred Entergy customers in New Orleans awoke without power Monday morning because a curious cat decided to enter a substation.
“A cat got into a substation that feeds parts of Uptown, Central City, Mid-City, and the CBD, and caused a flash when it came into contact with our equipment," Entergy said in a statement obtained by the New Orleans Advocate.
“It is unusual for a cat to get into a substation; generally, squirrels and other small animals find their way in," the statement continued. "Entergy installs protective devices to help keep animals out of our equipment not only to avoid power outages, but also to keep animals out of harm’s way.”
"Sometimes, however, they are able to make their way around the protective devices, and when this happens, the animals unfortunately do not survive contact with high-voltage equipment."
By 10:20 am, power had been restored to all Uptown, Central City, Mid-City, and Central Business District customers.