Some people are shocked by what they find when they dig in their yards. New trees, shrubs, fence posts, or mail boxes all require some digging a hole from a foot to several feet deep. The problem is that you don’t really know what you are going to dig in to. It may only be a few earthworms or the ball point pen you lost a few years ago. On the other hand, it could be a buried utility line. So, call South Dakota One Call at (800) 781-7474 or Moreau-Grand at (800) 952-3158 or 865-3511 before you start to dig. They’ll help you avoid the shocks.
Many power interruptions are caused by trees, either by limbs rubbing on wires or the wires being torn down by falling branches or trees. When this problem occurs on a primary line, it can cause a service interruption across a wide area. Fallen wires can still be energized and should never be touched. Warn others to stay clear and call our office immediately, should you discover this situation.