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Power Lines Need to Go Underground

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Some 3500 people were without power Sunday night in Quincy when a tree limb landed on some power lines. Power was off for about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Thousands were without power in the northeast after winter storm Nemo dumped several feet of snow and was coupled with 60 plus mile an hour winds as well.  It makes you wonder if we are way past the time when power lines and poles need to go away and be buried beneath the ground.

I know there is a cost involved, but think about the advantages of power lines being buried below ground. One is they are less likely to have repairs made to them. Two is it removes the ugliness of these wires and poles and three is trees won’t need to be cut out to allow the wires to go through them.

If the wires were underground this weekend, 3500 people would never have lost power last night.  If the wires were underground in the northeast , the heavy snows on tree limbs would not have caused the lines to come down there as well.

To me it just makes sense. Unfortunately, it will cost cents and plenty of them to make it happen. But, it is a time that I believe has come.

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