3:00 PM EDT, July 11, 2012
I have followed with interest the discussion of burying electric lines to reduce power outages after big storms. While burying the whole system would cost too much, couldn't power companies establish priority areas for repairs based on data from previous storm?
Also, why weren't the Boy Scouts, the National Guard or even military helicopters mobilized as part of the federal disaster declaration? Perhaps slings could have been used to move giant trees. With the power off, entangled lines could be safely cut beforehand and the whole tree could have been moved to nearby woodlands to rot.
The scouts and National Guard could have gone out to help the utility crews. The kids could derive a great sense of accomplishment and self-confidence from helping the city recover.
Richard J. Fuller
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