This story in the Virginian Pilot was just too funny:
VIRGINIA BEACH -– A squirrel in a power substation shut down electricity in and around Town Center (pictured above) this morning for more than three hours. Power went out at 6:41 a.m. after a squirrel damaged a switch at the substation at Independence Boulevard and Virginia Beach Boulevard, near Town Center, said Chuck Penn, a spokesman for Dominion Virginia Power. At its peak, the power failure affected 5,200 customers from Town Center to Rosemont Road. Many traffic lights along Virginia Beach Boulevard were out.
Unfortunately, the story doesn't say what happened to the squirrel.