AEP Ohio: Nearly 2,000 lose power in east Columbus due to squirrel

BLACKLICK, OH (WCMH) — Thousands of east Columbus AEP Ohio customers may be without power Sunday morning due to a destructive rodent.

AEP Ohio crews are working at a power station in Blacklick after a squirrel damaged equipment Sunday morning, causing areas near Blacklick and Gahanna to lose power.

About 2,000 customers are affected, according to AEP. The power should be restored by noon.

UPDATE: AEP Ohio now says a bird caused the outage. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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