TheGreatGazoo: colinspooky: or join the civilised world and bury the wiresLets get right on that"The North Carolina Utilities Commission said that burying wires statewide would cost $41 billion, take 25 years, and would more than double monthly electric bills. The news gets more discouraging. Some experts say that underground cables are more reliable than those above ground but only by about 50%, and that advantage is somewhat counteracted when you consider that it takes much longer to find, dig up, and repair a faulty wire. Why do underground cables fail at all? Floods and earthquakes can short lines. There's more: The roots of a tree toppled in a storm could destroy a buried wire."
colinspooky: or join the civilised world and bury the wires
Sean M: And you mean to tell me the same thing doesn't happen with a blizzard? There was ample warning that this storm was coming. I know -- I was in the NYC area when Sandy hit. I knew there was a good chance I was going to get caught in the storm, and my carry-on had a smaller version of my hurricane kit in it. Batteries galore, flashlights, solar panel for charging phones, laptops, 2-way radios, emergency supplies, etc.
Sean M: I live on a barrier island myself and have made sure I'm not going to get stuck in a shiatty situation because a Cat4 hurricane comes plowing through.
Fissile: It's obscene that New Jersey still has overhead power lines. The only reason those power lines are still overhead is because we don't have the political will to join the modern world.
Fissile: New Jersey is one of the most densely populated places in the world.......population density of nearly 1200 people per square mile.....making it more densely populated than almost every European country, and more densely populated than Japan. To understand just how densely populated New Jersey really is, compare it to Ohio. Ohio currently has a total population of about 11 million people. If Ohio had the same population DENSITY as NJ, the total population of Ohio would be 50 million people. The top 4 most densely populated towns in the US are in New Jersey. NYC comes in at number 5. It's obscene that New Jersey still has overhead power lines. The only reason those power lines are still overhead is because we don't have the political will to join the modern world.
Katie98_KT: and yet, when everyone else around us loses power during a storm, we don't, because our wires are buried. Amazing.
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