I walked outside on this Saturday afternoon to find a cable laying in my front yard.
The cable in question is that which supplies TV and internet to my house. Oddly enough, the cable, itself, wasn't damaged. My TV and internet still worked fine.
I get my power and TV from the utility pole across the street. Both sets of lines cross the street to another pole at the corner of my property. The photo above looks back at my property from my neighbor across the street.
My utility pole at the corner of the property appears to be leaning.
The lean is actually quite pronounced when viewed from a distance.
A closer look at my utility pole reveals some damage at the base.
The damage to my utility pole is actually quite significant.
Even though power and TV/internet were unaffected, I still called the police department to not only report the downed line, but also to figure out who I needed to call next. They said that since we're dealing with a leaning utility pole, they wanted the fire department to check it out.
A few minutes later, I began to hear a fire siren approaching. There is a fire station nearby, and hearing sirens does happen with regularity. This time, however, I knew exactly where they were headed.
The fire department checked everything out. A closer look at the power line shows damage to the cable that holds the power line in place as it crosses the road.
The power lines are wrapped with several reinforcing cables that act as an anchor for spans. Our guess was that a very tall truck snagged the lines when it drove by.
The fire department told me that regulations state that lines crossing a street have to be a certain height.
The problem, now, is that my utility pole now leaning significantly.
This means the electric power lines that cross the street are now too close to the ground. The photo above shows the utility pole across the street from me. The power and TV cable lines cross the street to another utility pole at the corner of my property, (which would be behind where I'm standing in the photo above). The power line, which was still in place, can be seen at the top of the photo.
The fire department called Georgia Power to have them come out and look at the damaged pole.
That was fine until I told them that I have Walton EMC and not Georgia Power, (my neighborhood is divided between the two companies with my block being one of the borders). So a second phone call had to be made.
The fire department told me that Walton EMC would probably replace the pole, which makes sense given the pronounced lean.
The leaning pole isn't as much of a problem as the electric power line now being too close to the roadway.
Once Walton EMC replaces the pole, they will contact Charter to put the TV cable back in place.