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Ice puts strain on power lines

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  If we get a lot of rain that freezes over, it could cause power outages.

If utility lines get frozen over, they may snap. Tree branches may also freeze and fall on the lines.

There's not much that Albany Water, Gas and Light can do to prepare for an ice event other than to have equipment and crews ready to respond to an outage.

"If it's a major rainstorm like we've been having and ice forms on lots of lines, who knows?" said WG&L's Lorie Farkas. "I don't want to speculate, but bottom line is we're prepared for whatever happens. We just hate that people will be inconvenienced, but Mother Nature is fickle."

If you have a power outage, before you call your utility company, check and see how your neighbors are faring.

If their power is off too, the utility company probably already knows about the outage. If your power seems to be the only power that's off, call and report the problem.

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