GreyStone Power Corporation customers along portions of highways 278 and 61, Business 6 and other areas early Tuesday were without power temporarily thanks to interference from the animal kingdom.
According to Amanda Busby, GreyStone public relations and communications specialist, about 7,000 members were without electricity after a snake went after a bird’s nest at one of the company’s Dallas substations. The hungry animal going to its prey between GreyStone equipment and a Georgia Transmission breaker led to damage to some of GreyStone’s insulators, which had to be replaced by workers.
The outage left numerous homes and businesses dark, and while many traffic lights in the area remained on, some went dark due to the lack of power, such as those at the intersection of Jimmy Campbell Parkway at Thomas B. Murphy Drive, and Villa Rica Highway at Scoggins Road/Hiram Sudie Road, the latter of which saw Paulding County Sheriff’s Office deputies stationed to direct traffic.
Power was restored to affected areas after about an hour.