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Rotting Power Poles a Concern for Richmond Neighborhoods

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After last week's storms caused power lines to leaning over in Richmond, Dominion Virginia Power crews at the scene say rotting poles were partly to blame. After last week's storms caused power lines to leaning over in Richmond, Dominion Virginia Power crews at the scene say rotting poles were partly to blame.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - After last week's storms caused power lines to leaning over in Richmond, Dominion Virginia Power crews at the scene say rotting poles were partly to blame.

Three power poles in the Whitcomb Court neighborhood were bent over the street with live wires. Three new poles are in place now, but the situation did leave some residents concerned.

Damian Moore who lives across the street says at the time he had no idea the poles were weak and was worried about his family during the storm.

"I mean I've seen storms but I've never seen anything fall like this," he says. "That's crazy."

We reached out to Dominion Virginia Power to find out how often they check their poles and if rotting poles were a potential danger. They say they do have a power pole inspection program, where every pole is visually inspected on an approximate 12-year-cycle to detect any decay.  

Any pole that needs it is replaced. But the company points out the strength of last week's winds brought down both old and new poles.

Dominion says it is spending close to $2 billion in the next two years to strengthen its electric grid and they want to remind customers to treat any power line as if it's energized and report problems immediately.

If you see a downed power line, call 1-866-DOM-HELP.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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