Power companies: Underground power lines too expensive

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 11 at 8:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.  --  Despite a series of powerful storms, local power companies insist running power lines underground is not an option.

KREM 2 News asked both Avista Utilities and Inland Power if underground power lines would help keep the electricity on for more people if a storm comes through and takes out the power.

Both companies told KREM 2 News that's too expensive and may still not keep the power on.

In recent weeks two strong storms have destroyed much of what came in their way, including power lines.

According to local power companies, the cost to go back and change lines is too expensive.

Both Avista and Inland Power said the price difference is around one and half times the cost to build a power line over head.

Once there is an outage, power companies told KREM 2 News it is harder to locate an underground line.

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