EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Thousands of homes and businesses in East Providence are back up and running after a power outage Thursday morning.
Mayor Bob DaSilva told 12 News that a substation went down around 10 a.m.
Rhode Island Energy has since responded and made repairs. Spokesperson Ted Kresse said the outage was caused by “animal contact with equipment.” While the type of animal has not been identified, the mayor posted a picture of a squirrel on a social media post about the incident.
At the peak, more than 14,000 customers were without electricity.
Dr. Sandra Forand, the city’s superintendent of schools, said there were no plans to dismiss students early.