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Animal blacks out Manning area

Roughrider Electric Cooperative officials said a small animal is responsible for leaving hundreds in the dark in the Manning area Thursday.

Leonard Hibl, director of key accounts for Roughrider Electric, said the unspecified critter caused a fault on an overhead power line causing it to break and start a small grass fire at about 10 a.m.

Linemen responding to the power outage found that a main fuse had blown and an insulator was damaged in the Manning substation, which is about six miles south of Manning, Hibl said.

To replace the fuse, the substation had to be turned off. At one point, all 364 members being served from the Manning substation were affected, he added.

Power was restored to the last member around 2 p.m. but linemen were still making repairs as of 4:30 p.m., Hibl said.

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