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WPS truck supporting damaged Rhinelander power poleSubmitted: 07/02/2015
RHINELANDER - People can see something odd while traveling through a certain intersection in Rhinelander. A Wisconsin Public Service truck is holding up a power pole at the intersection of Phillips and Thayer Street. A few days ago, a driver hit the power pole, but the collision wasn't hard enough to actually knock the pole down.


"A situation like this is a common occurrence for the most part in the utility industry," said WPS Community Relations Leader Leah Van Zile. "It happens to be in a visible area, so people are noticing it, which is great."

The power pole is cracked and bent, but the collision didn't damage the wires overhead. WPS electrical repairs are done on a schedule, based on how severe the damage actually is.

"Our line electricians review that and they look at the pole, the structure, and what kind of damage has occurred to that, and then they're able to make the necessary work requirements to make that repair," said Van Zile.

A new pole will be installed at that location sometime next week.

Story By: Anthony Bruno

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