National Grid Power Line "Aflare"
|Power Line Slaughtered - Taconic Lake Way (west)|
The tree came down around 9 a.m. this morning, bringing with it about 1/4 mile of power line. National Grid was immediately notified that sparks were flying -- not just power out. A safety issue. Another call to National Grid around 4 p.m., notifying that 4 or 5 white flares were emanating from the wires on the ground. Surrounded by brush. Homes in vicinity. At least turn off this portion of the network so a fire doesn't start and fix ASAP. I was told the dispatch would be made immediately.
I now know how the folks in Queens (NYC) felt during their Tropical Storm Sandy fires and dealings with the Long Island Power Authority. It's 6pm as I type this. The power is still out, but I hope National Grid has at least addressed the sparks/flare issue. I can't tell because I'm inside 1/4-mile away from the "root cause."