RAYJAY wrote:does any one ever see a crew out any more......
We do now! Back in '99 we had a big ice storm that left much of the state without power for a week, and some without for weeks. The governor got after the power companies about keeping trees limbed & now it's common to see tree crews keeping lines clear so ice & wind doesn't cause outages.
Freddy, regarding the 1999 event you noted (this is likely the storm that took out a lot of eastern Cananda for weeks), I had some discussions with my Town's Public Works director this week, he said that when the local weather guys confirm that 1/4" or so of ice will accumulate in a ice storm, it's time for the disaster teams to prep big time, this 1/4"' of ice seems to be a amount that will cause some pretty catasptrophic damage on trees, etc. Interestigly, the conversations I had with the line men from Hydro Quebec during the Oct snow here said the same thing...they had ice up there in 1999 that was an estimated 3/16 to 1/4 " thick. Corresponding data!
Sooooo guys, if ya hear 1/4 " or so ice in a ice storm, maybe time to get your genny gas for an possible extended period.