By Branden Ferguson, Multi Media Video Journalist - bio | email
Columbus Grove, Ohio -
After strong winds blew down nearly 100 poles along State Route 65, power crews are taking preventative measures during their repairs, replacing wood with steel. AEP has called in assistance from installation crews from all over the country, and together they are turning on the power one pole at a time.
The 92 new steel poles are replacing the wooded poles that were brought down during the storm. The multi-sided design makes them the better option, as it helps to create strength and stability. The poles are going up around the clock, but crews ask residents to remain patient, as there is more to simply putting poles in the ground.
The steel poles being installed have a life-span of around 120 years, whereas the wooden poles fall victim to the weather and strong winds, lasting an average of 50 years.
AEP supervisors say it may be about a week until all residents, receiving their electricity from the new poles, get their power turned back on.