Drudge is reporting this story as:
"DC TO BE DARK FOR DAYS"
Besides having the electricity cut, that headline works on at least 2
other levels that I can think of.
Most of the officials quoted in that "article" are idiots...
It takes time to cut downed trees off the downed lines both
power and phone...
If they want a more hardened utility system they need to
look at the costs of installing underground utilities rather
than putting wires on poles where storms can land trees
on them and yank them down...
You know the number of trees down is severe if it has
damaged enough of the local grids to impair land line
telephone services and the 911 system...
What do these local officials think, that the power and
phone companies can magically conjure up fully
functional utility networks when a tree is down on
almost every street and it will be house to house
work to restore service ?
Yes, buried electric would be nice but it would be prohibitively expensive.
The affordable solution would be for people to stop planting trees near
power lines. Unfortunately we have too many idiot tree-huggers for that
On Sun, 01 Jul 2012 15:54:01 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Local conditions make a big difference in whether or not buried services make
sense. A high water table (FL), rock (CO), or low population density (most of
the country) make it prohibitively expensive.
That is being done more and more with new houses. In established
neighborhoods, it is prohibitively expensive and not without a new set
More tree trimming is needed in many places, but the tree huggers
don't want that to happen either. We got hit bad here in CT last
October. Utility wants to take down some trees, but there are
protests about that now.
I wonder how many people are willing to pay increased rates to go
underground to save possible outages? Somebody has to pay for it.
There is a mandate in my state that utilities in new developments must
The large power company that serves our area in PA changed gears maybe
ten years ago and is really into tree trimming to protect power lines
and it pays off. One of the reasons I think it works is that they hire
tree companies that do a good looking job.
That's good to hear. With climate change/global warming, storm frequency
and severity is only going to get worse.
Unfortunately, tree trimming is almost nonexistent here. My neighbors
tree branches are rubbing on the power line primary. At night when it is
misty out and the branches are wet, you can see tiny arcing and sparking
as the branches blow in the breeze.
As long as you *can* dig, something other than a well. In any case, under the
pavement isn't a great idea in cold areas. Too much maintenance needed. I
liked the system my mother had in her house. Water (and gas, under that where
available) in the city right-of-way one side of the street, electricity on the
other, storm sewer under the pavement down the middle, and sanitary sewer in
the back of the lot.
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