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Idaho Power Reminds Us Of Power Line Safety During Severe Weather Awareness Week
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) This week was severe weather awareness week in Idaho. The spring and summer often bring high wind storms to the Magic Valley. Idaho Power is always working to make sure their power grids are ready for what mother nature blows in.
"We have a real robust line clearing program. We have contract line clearing crews that go through our system on a three year cycle and keep the vegetation and trees out of power lines," said Rick Astley with Idaho Power.
No matter how prepared Idaho Power is, there is always the chance of downed power lines after a wind storm or thunderstorm.
"Living here in the Magic Valley, one thing we know we are going to have is wind. Wind storms have caused damage to our system, that have caused power lines to fall to the ground. And there are some definite dos and don'ts associated with downed power lines," said Astley.
Downed power lines can be very dangerous.
"If you encounter a downed power line, you want to assume that all downed power lines are energized," said Rick Astley.
You can report downed lines by calling Idaho Power or by dialing 9–1–1. The goal of severe weather awareness week is to make sure people are prepared should a storm hit and in case they lose power.
"Weather is going to affect whatever you are doing. So Severe Weather Awareness week is an opportunity for folks to practice while they play. Make sure you have a seventy–two hour kit. Make sure you know what you are going to do when that thunderstorm comes up," said Vernon Preston, Warning Coordinator Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pocatello.
In times of severe weather you can get important weather information here on Idaho’s First News, through the National Weather Service websites or by having a NOAA weather radio.