We clear certain areas in our service territory, known as the right-of- way, to keep power lines clear of trees and limbs. This helps to restore outages quicker and reduce unexpected repair costs. Overall, it improves service reliability for our members. White River dedicates two to three million dollars a year to facilitate this program, which covers diverse terrain across the five-county area.
We also provide regular system upgrades that aid in delivering the service you have grown to expect from WRVEC. Such upgrades include thousands of poles, transformers, and radio software. Consistency is key to reliability so we continually look at ways to improve our network.
Mother Nature has not been kind in the recent weeks, regardless of our proactive practices. It has taken a toll on us and our members. The National Weather Service has confirmed more tornadoes than ever reported in a single season. Straight-line winds in excess of 60 mph have repeatedly torn through the area. We’ve also seen record-setting floods sweep the entire Midwest.
Although we plan and we upgrade, sometimes it’s just no match for what the weather throws at us. This storm season has already accounted for thousands of overtime hours, hundreds of trees removed and poles replaced. We will remain steadfast in our efforts to provide safe and reliable service for our members and we appreciate your patience and the continued support as we brave these storms together.
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