New construction = buried; old construction = forget it.
Umm hello! The state of Utah doesn't end at the Davis County line. Up here in
Ogden my neighborhood and the neighborhood of my boss were without power from
about 10 am yesterday to 111 am today. There is a part of Ogden still without
power. Thanks for your well wishes Deseret News.
It's always nice to have hindsight on your side. My guess is that the guys who
'planned' the electrical system never imagined the growth that would occur
across the country. I'd say they did a near miraculous job with the foresight
that they did have. A wind event like the winds in Davis County are
well known but relatively rare. I have personally lived through several of them
and you can't imagine the force that comes with the East wind. But I don't
fault the power company for not burying the lines. The fact is that people like
Jake2010 are always going to know more than the people who installed the lines
in the first place. You have history on your side. What would happen in a
major earthquake in the Salt Lake Valley? Well, much of the ground (along with
any buried power lines) would give way to liquefaction. And then our grandkids
and great grandkids would post about how stupid we were to bury the power lines
in a region with such an obvious fault line.
Temporary power outages are a bummer. But there are better reasons to bury the
lines!Overhead power lines are both visual and electromagnetic
pollution sources. And Utah has WAY to many ugly power and cable lines strung
across neighborhoods and streets. This isn't just an occasional power outage,
it is ugly EVERY DAY!
The bottom line is that if any neighborhoods can safely and successfully have
underground power lines there isn't a neighborhood in the world that can't
also.... Couldn't have also started that way.... The argument is mute and it
won't win! There are substantial communities across the mountain west that prove
that above ground was only the cheapest but far from the best option.
Then VST you also know what safety precautions could be taken to make the
underground existence a safe venture. Plus, I would like you to explain to all
of us how it couldn't have been accomplished in much the same way the sewage and
water systems got developed. Outside of costs I don't really believe there is
substantial enough evidence to prove that those early engineers did the very
best they could.
72 hour kits come to mind. And I always keep my gas tank 1/2 full. If you are
prepared you so shall not fear.
I've got power at my house but the folks up the street are out until morning
they are saying. Loss of power is only a part though. Houses all around me have
lost roofs, trees down and fences blown down. My mail box vanished. Gonna be
tough for a while.
What the tragedy is that the geniuses that initially ran power across the
country didn't use enough foresight to begin the power grids with underground
lines. I can't think of any excuse good enough to have not spent the extra money
to dig the trench, lay the cement tunnels for maintenance purposes and prevent
every single one of the weather related power outages due to downed wires due to
weather or motorists. I'm sure the costs could have been more than all the
timber but think of the savings in the long run? It is nice to see that I am not
alone in my bafflement over the neglectful under-sight of those workmen and
engineers. It seems too logical to how every ounce of growth that has happened
since those first lines plagued our landscape appeared could have been prepared
for and power outages that have happened since completely, near completely
Mosiah 7:31 "And again he saith: If my people shall sow filthiness, they
shall reap with east wind, which bringeth immediate destruction."
I remember about this time last year when they declared the Snow Storm of the
Century. I had to miss a day of work. Which could sound good but I am not on
salary. I am going to call this a blunder.
who is going to pay to bury those lines? Most power lines in Sandy are bruied I
think. It does make sense anytime when heavy wind or snow pass by and less
chopping off of those trees near those power lines.
In comparison with many other states Utah has a lot of buried lines. If we
didn't have them outages would be much more severe.I'm just glad
there haven't been reports of major injuries or deaths related with all of this.
It would be nice if we could bury the lines in utah. This would prevent these
sort of outages due to storms.