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Article was added on Friday, February 14, 2014
offices are closed so all efforts can be put toward emergency power
of our members have been affected by this storm. 16,257 have been
put back on. I know that if you aren't one of them, it doesn't
really make you feel any warmer. But please know we are doing our
best and will continue to work as long as it takes. We called for
help before this storm and have twice as many guys here working to
restore power. You may see yellow or orange trucks and know our
trucks are white or you may see white trucks with different names
on them but they can still be working on our lines.
be safe and assume every power line is live!
give an estimate of when power will be back on because every outage
is different. Please call 888-239-2300. If it is busy, keep
calling. People are getting thru.
is a little information about how the restoration process goes. The
damage repair challenge for power systems can vary widely by type
of weather situation, type of damage caused, and the individual
situation at the specific repair. This is a general example, for
illustration purposes only, of a scenario of line repair in an ice
a situation where multiple spans are damaged. A span is a length of
conductor wire between two poles.
1. The weight of ice on trees or the wire
itself breaks the wire and/or poles.
2. The tension on the wire as it breaks may
pull it the distance of two or more poles - the length of a
football field for each span of wire between two poles - 300
3. The repair crew arrives. It may be a
bucket truck or it may be lineworkers who are climbing the poles
with gaffs (an apparatus worn on the lower leg).
4. If a pole or poles have been broken,
simply removing the 400-pound broken pole, re-digging a hole, and
setting a new pole can take as much as 45 minutes per
5. The ice must be broken off the wire for
the entire span being repaired.
6. The line workers must pull the broken
wire back into place.
7. A new span of wire is put in place and
connections between existing and new wire spans are
8. The wire is connected to the pole-top
9. The service wires (that go from pole to
home or business) must be re-strung and
10. The line must be re-energized by manually
closing the circuit in the field (at the fuse, main line or
time-consuming and multi-part process can add up to many hours for
only a few spans of wire. Then in a frustrating and not uncommon
turn of events in an icing situation, another section of that same
power line can later break because of the weight of ice on nearby
lines or trees.
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