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CLINTON -- A Saturday morning outage left several Clinton County customers without electrical power for nearly two hours.

At about 5:24 a.m., a raccoon interfered with an electrical substation, officials reported, leaving many Alliant Energy and Eastern Iowa Light and Power customers on the north end of Clinton and in other Clinton County towns without electricity. The issue was mostly resolved by roughly 7:16 a.m., Alliant spokesman Mike Wagner said.

Power to homes and businesses was "restored in stages throughout the morning," Wagner said, and Alliant was able to feed energy to those affected through other means.

The outage affected north Clinton, Goose Lake, Preston, Miles, Bryant, Sabula, Teeds Grove and portions of rural Clinton County.

Alliant was still tending to about 40 customers without power at 11 a.m. Saturday. Wagner said those issues were not directly tied to the early-morning outage but were "side effects" of the much larger outage experienced earlier in the day.