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UPDATE: Thousands without power in Sioux Falls Sunday because of squirrel

Roughly 1,500 Xcel Energy customers in the downtown area were affected by an outage this morning, and crews are now working to restore power.
Roughly 1,500 Xcel Energy customers in the downtown area were affected by an outage this morning, and crews are now working to restore power.(MGN)
Published: Oct. 4, 2020 at 7:10 PM CDT
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UPDATE: Monday, 8:00 AM

According to the community relations manager for Xcel Energy, Eric Pauli, a total of 3,974 customers were without power Sunday. The outage started at 6:08 PM and was restored about 7:20 PM.

Pauli said a squirrel got into some of Xcel’s equipment, causing the outage.

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UPDATE: Sunday, 9:30 P.M.

According to Xcel Energy’s website, all power outages in Sioux Falls have now been restored

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Several outages have been reported in central and southern parts of Sioux Falls this Sunday evening.

According to Xcel Energy, 10 different outages were reported just after 6 P.M.

The estimated times of restoration is expected between 7 P.M. and 9 P.M.

Xcel Energy encourages those affected to check their website for updates regarding the restoration progress.

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