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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.

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