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Call 811-DIG before you begin planting

Crews worked on an exposed cable on Tuesday. (Source:WALB) Crews worked on an exposed cable on Tuesday. (Source:WALB)
Call 811-DIG before you begin digging in your yard. (Source:WALB) Call 811-DIG before you begin digging in your yard. (Source:WALB)
Brandon Chambers, Georgia Power Crew Leader (Source:WALB) Brandon Chambers, Georgia Power Crew Leader (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As the weather warms up, many people will be taking to their yards.

However, before you begin digging in that flower bed, Georgia Power encourages anyone planning to break ground to call 811-DIG.

Linemen were at a work site off Pointe North Boulevard on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, working on an exposed cable.

Construction crews were grading the land down when they came across the exposed cable that is when they called for help from Georgia Power crews.

“If they didn’t call us, they could have possibly cut the cable. Each of those cables have 7200 volts running in, so you could have had a fatality,” says crew leader Brandon Chambers.

Chambers mentions that this serves as a good reminder for anyone planning to dig on their property to call 811-DIG.

Once crews are called, they’ll come to the property for free and observe underground.

“They will show you what is in the ground and let you know if it is safe to dig there,” Chambers says.

If dealing with a landscaper or a contractor, be sure that they call 811-DIG.

For more information, simply click here.

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