Squirrel fries power in East Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A squirrel in a substation caused a power outage in East Memphis on Friday morning, MLGW said .

More than 11,000 customers were affected and more than 4,700 people were without power as of 9 a.m., mostly concentrated inside the I-240 loop.

Shortly after 8 a.m., Substation 42 at 3935 Grandview experienced an outage, MLGW said. Crews are still determining the cause, but power was restored around 8:50 a.m.

But that wasn’t soon enough for morning classes at the U of M. President David Rudd tweeted that classes were canceled due to the outage.