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Video: Getting galloping lines under control

January 4, 2021 | Jason Kuiper | how does that work, severe weather
galloping power lines, bucket trucks on the side of the road in winter

Galloping lines can cause major issues with power lines and electrical equipment.

When wind and ice combine, power outages often follow. That’s because when ice freezes on a line, it forms a teardrop shape making the line aerodynamic and prone to galloping with the wind.

When that happens, the lines can slap into each other causing electricity to jump between two lines, damage equipment on the power pole or even weaken the pole itself.

Watch this video by Goswen Visual Marketing to learn how OPPD works to deal with the threat of galloping lines.

 

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About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He is a former staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he covered a wide range of topics but spent the majority of his career covering crime. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has also appeared in several true crime documentary shows. In his free time he enjoys cooking, spending time with his wife and three children, and reading crime novels.

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