Squirrel causes power outage that leaves 2 elementary schools in dark

A power outage in Janesville Friday caused by a squirrel has left two elementary schools without power.

Jefferson and Roosevelt elementary schools are currently without power, but district officials said classes are continuing, lunch is still being served and schools are making accommodations to keep students and staff safe.

Alliant Energy officials said the squirrel caused the transformer to blow, leaving about 1,600 customers without power in Janesville. The outage is expected to be resolved before 2 p.m.

St. Paul’s Church in Janesville is dismissing students from daycare and asking parent to pickup their student at their earliest convenience, according to the church’s Facebook page .