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It's going to be really dark in Worthington soonPosted Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at 6:39 AM
The power's going to be off in Worthington one night next week so that some repairs can be made to our main line.
People who live in the town are served by Duke Energy and the electricity for all of us is brought in on one line that carries 35,000 volts.
The line comes in on the south side of town and at some point a storm knocked a tree into the line and must have messed up a pole.
When I talked to Hal Harp, he said Duke had put a temporary pole into place to secure the line but that needs to be replaced.
I think this troublesome spot is somewhere in the area between Terre Haute Road and the neighborhood behind Vest's but I haven't gone looking for it.
Hal and the media person from Duke Energy both said that people in the field had planned to make the repair earlier but weather and wet conditions prevented it.
To make this repair, they've got to shut down the line -- 35,000-volts would be a bit of a jolt.
The exact time of the repair does seem to be subject to unpredictable weather.
However, as far as I know now, they're planning to shut the electricity off next Wednesday at the stroke of midnight.
Hal says the town has been told that it will take them three to four hours to make the repair. That means the power should be back on by 4 a.m. on Thursday, June 11.
The town was planning to include a notice of the outage on this month's sewer bills -- along with that extra $5 for the rate increase.
And it's believed that Duke Energy will contact any persons who they know are on any kind of life support that requires electricity.
Still, pass the word around because not everyone reads those happy little greetings our utility companies put on our bills.
If the situation changes, a notice will appear in the paper if we know in time, or I'll post it up on my blog on the www.gcdailyworld Web site if we don't know in time to get it into print.
While I was talking to Hal, he also mentioned that he had a "bone to pick" with me because I had gotten something wrong in the paper. I almost told him to call the editor to complain but instead I said OK, go ahead.
In the coverage of the last town council meeting in Worthington, I said Hal volunteered to water all of the downtown trees this summer.
Hal said he didn't. I thought he did.
Hal says he only volunteered to water them for one week while David Dyer, our do-everything-person otherwise known as the Street Department Superintendent, was on vacation.
You'd think Hal wouldn't mind everyone in town thinking that he'd made this self-sacrifice but as it turns out, David reads the paper and Hal thought he would try to get out of watering the trees because Hal had already volunteered for the job. It requires carrying five-gallon buckets of water to each of 13 trees on a regular basis.
So here's the clarification: David has to water the trees.
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