Why not put all the lines underground?

According to Ted Kury, director of energy studies at the University of Florida’s Public Utility Research Center, burying lines is not a magic bullet for hurricane preparedness. Floodwaters could slow down restoration of underground infrastructure. Although tree branches do not affect buried lines, tree roots do. Uprooted trees throughout the LCEC service territory ripped lines out of the ground during …

LCEC Prepares for Hurricane Irma

LCEC’s preparation begins long before a hurricane threatens to make landfall in Southwest Florida. To ensure LCEC has the resources needed for restoration, the organization cultivates relationships with power line and tree-trimming contractors, fuel companies, material vendors, food service vendors, other cooperatives and local agencies for back-up resources. In addition, LCEC’s more than 375 employees play a critical role in …