AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) - A squirrel is to blame after thousands are left without power Tuesday in Central Texas on a day where summer-like temperatures near 100 degrees.
About 3,200 people were left in the dark and without air conditioning around 1 p.m. in Austin.
Austin Energy spokesman Ed Clark said crews worked in the Burnet/Gracy Farms area to fix equipment that the squirrel damaged.
The area encompasses the parts east of MoPac and between Parmer and Braker lanes, and power should be back on around 1:45 p.m.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.