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Frozen lines keeping PUD busy

 

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ICE ON THE WIRES: Klickitat PUD crews have been out in force the past week, tending to downed lines choked with frozen fog.

The problem: hoarfrost, caused when slow-moving warm air migrates upward and gets cooler, creating ice crystals that build up and stick to power lines (and pretty much everything else. This causes the lines to sag under the heavy weight of the ice. When the ice melts, or falls off, the lines can snap up, hit a nearby line, and cause a short blink in the power until the line resets.

Jim Smith, General Manager of the Klickitat PUD, was on the road Monday checking progress by crews around the county dealing with hoarfrost-bitten lines.

"We're simply letting the public and our customers know our crews are on the job, clearing ice and making repairs on the affected lines," Smith said.

Beginning Jan. 20, the PUD has had an engineering triage team, three line crews, and extra office personnel on the job, working 16-hour days in order to keep the power flowing in these extreme weather conditions. PUD workers are responsible for 2,400 miles of line for their 1,200 customers.

-Reported by Lisa Cunningham

 

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