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Vehicle crash knocks out power in Monett

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 ~ Updated 3:42 PM

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Three of the four broken utility poles are visible in the photo. The 69,000 volt Empire District Electric line is mounted on the large pole at center. [Times PHoto by Murray Bishoff] [Order this photo]
A single vehicle crash on Ninth Street in Monett around 11:50 a.m. has knocked out power to the city of Monett.

The crash took place at Ninth Street and Dayton. According to Electric Department foreman Aaron Burdett, the southbound car involved hit two guy wires in such a way that the impace snapped four utility poles, including the one carrying the 69,000 volt Empire District Electric's feed to the city. Three of the city's five substations lost power.

Power was restored by around 2 p.m.


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it boggles the mind that one out of control vehicle could cause so much trouble.

-- Posted by MonettanK9 on Tue, Nov 13, 2012, at 6:04 PM

First, thanks and applause go out to the guys who got the power back on so quickly, considering the situation they had on their hands.

I was working from home and this caused me to drop the ball for a customer. Now, I don't know a lot about civil or electrical engineering, so could someone explain why some power line poles have guy wires supporting them and others don't? Also, is it possible to support our power grids in a manner that doesn't leave us this vulnerable to outages in the future? Could thicker poles have been used? Could we put some sort of crash resistant barriers around these "lynch pin" poles, at least? Surely, if we can afford to raze the casino, we can afford a few precautions in this area. What are our options? What are the limitations on them?

Again, thanks to the engineers who responded, this wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been.

-- Posted by it's_Chet on Wed, Nov 14, 2012, at 11:22 AM

Chet,

I'm sure all of those options are available. But in the end I'm also just as sure it all boils down to money.

We could probably put the entire grid underground but no one could afford the rates to do it.

I see this as one of those "outliers". Bad yes, but in the overall scheme of things more into the category of "sh.. happens".

Part of the problem we have today with runaway debt and out of control spending is every time one of these "outliers" happens anywhere there is always a rush to find a "solution" to keep it from happening ever again.

So we wind up spending God knows how many dollars to fix this or prevent that when in reality we just can't make life risk free.

-- Posted by poetikus on Thu, Nov 15, 2012, at 8:58 AM


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