If you woke up this morning to a flashing alarm clock that perhaps showed the incorrect time, blame it on two raccoons that were electrocuted when they put their paws in the wrong place, causing a couple of breakers at the power plant to trip. In fact, tree limbs or wind are not to blame […]

If you woke up this morning to a flashing alarm clock that perhaps showed the incorrect time, blame it on two raccoons that were electrocuted when they put their paws in the wrong place, causing a couple of breakers at the power plant to trip.
In fact, tree limbs or wind are not to blame for the spate of recent, brief power outages across Pratt, but rather it's due to animals and even a lightning strike.
Last Friday, a bolt of lightning zapped the electrical system, causing an outage.
A month or so ago a large bird spread its wings across two adjacent power lines and was also electrocuted, causing the power outage at that time.
A power plant employee reports that city crews have been keeping limbs near power lines trimmed back so there haven't been any recent problems with trees causing power outages.