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Above Ground Power Lines to be Moved Underground

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Above ground power lines in your neighborhood could be moving underground.

It's part of new legislation just signed by the governor to help keep power on during storms.

The legislation will go into effect on July 1. Right now Dominion Power is analyzing areas across the state where underground wires would be most helpful.

The plan is put 20 percent - or about 4,000 miles worth - of the most prone wires in the state to storm damage underground.

But not every area will get the fix.

Residents in Stratford Hills hope their neighborhoods are on the list.
"Richmond is notoriously a tree town," says resident Paul Gibson. "There's trees everywhere - especially pines. When you have a major storm, as we know from the last 10 years, people can be out of power a week, two weeks."

Not only could the underground wires keep power on, Dominion Power says it could reduce outage times by as much as 50 percent.

Gibson says he hopes it could also help save some trees.

"It's not like they'll cut a tree down until it dies," he says. "They just cut the limbs off and it still ends up on a power line."

Dominion does not know exactly which areas they will target. Dominion Power is still working with the state to finalize funding.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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