Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Electricity emergency

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We had an exciting electricity emergency, just in time for ABC Wednesday.
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I had my hands in water doing some hand laundry in the sink when suddenly a strange noise outside made me turn. Through the window I was shocked (so to speak) to see a heavy metal cable breaking free from its electric pole and falling in what I first thought was the general direction of my roof!
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I ran out of the house.
The cable was swinging back and forth in the air.

(All photos enlarge with a click.)

We called the electric company.

In three hours they were in our village, re-attaching the cable.

I always think linemen are very brave.

See that sign on this (and every other) pole?

It says in Hebrew, Arabic, and English "DANGER OF DEATH."
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A plain old rope attached to the bumper of the car helped pull the heavy cable back into position.
Thanks, guys!
Things are back to normal again.

But it still looks to me like that long stretch of cable is hanging by a proverbial thread.
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38 comments:

RuneE said...

I thought the cables in the distribution net was insulated. I'm glad we ours in covered ditches (or whatever it is called in English - my dictionary wouldn't tell me...)

Denise said...

What would we do without them? Brave men and very interesting photos, thank you.

Manang Kim said...

They are always brave. To think just a single mistake might cause a lot more trouble. Glad everything is back and safe.

E-eggs

photowannabe said...

I agree they are very brave. Not a job I would like to do. I'm glad you got your hands out of that water. Who knows what could have happened.

Robin said...

Yikes! So glad it ended quickly and safely. Great photo op though I must say.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Besides having to contend with a live wire, I think fixing it in a cherry picker might be equally as frightening

Catherine said...

Quite a dangerous job, Dina ! They're certainly as liked as firemen.

Mara said...

I'm so glad ours are below ground as well. And good thinking on your part to get your hands out of the water!

Jew Wishes said...

I am glad it didn't land on your roof.

You captured the moments so wonderfully. The brave and the bold.

Dimple said...

The linemen are brave, and very well-trained regarding safety! That's a job I am glad to let others do!

Tumblewords: said...

Electrifying for sure! Great photos. Glad it didn't turn into something bigger than it was.

Cloudia said...

yes, these workers are admirable.



ShAloha, Friend!


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Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» agrees that it appears to be hanging by a thread.

A bit of serendipity that it happened in time for "E" Wednesday!

«Louis'» acrophobia would keep him from being a lineman, not to mention that he would have a bit of a problem resulting from hooves,4 legs, etc...

He thinks you get the picture...

Jama said...

A job not for the faint heart!Our electricity cable all went underground, so there's no chance of this ever happen.

Hildred and Charles said...

Dangerous situation, but didn't it give you an exciting posting for ABC!

Jilly said...

My goodness, yes indeed, scary stuff. Glad you got that fixed in three hours. That's pretty good going I'd think. Great reportage, Dina!

Tarun Mitra said...

That work is really risky..Good post

Pietro said...

Interesting images of the unpleasant adventure, Dina. I'm glad you're safe and sound and everything is ok now.

Vaggelis said...

dangerous job, but wonderful captures

VP said...

You know I like 'at work' photos and these guys tend to look the same in every part of the world.
You are right about the hanging wire: it doesn't look so safe.

Spiderdama said...

I remember I took some pictures of the sign "danger of dead" in these masts..We do not have that in Norway.
Brave folks on job, but it`s safe I think:-)
Wish you a nice day!

Andy said...

I am retired so it is always nice to see people working. It brings a smile to my face. Great Photos!

jay said...

A very good reason to bury cables in the ground instead of hanging them aloft - but an excellent E for today! I'm glad things were restored quickly!

On behalf of the team, thank you for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Dina saved the day!!! Glad the wire is back in place. Great photojournalism. Are your colleagues all talking about the evidence of ancient mariners on Crete?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/science/16archeo.html

Sounds like that would be a likely candidate for "shop talk" out on a dig!!!

Jan
GDP

Roger Owen Green said...

Definitely dangerous work; glad others are so motivated to do this work.

Reader Wil said...

You are also brave to take these photos! Our electricity cables are hidden in the ground. That's because we have no rocks at all in my country.
Very interesting post, Dina!

Abe Lincoln said...

The gods are looking out for you or something delivered a stroke of luck. People working for power companies are very brave indeed.

Abe Lincoln said...

Sorry, I forgot to give you the answer about why the bridges were covered...

In the old days you could not ride a horse over a bridge as it would rear up and throw the rider off and run back to the shore.

They could not get a herd of cows or sheep to cross. It was mass confusion.

So, bridges were originally covered to keep the animals from seeing the water as they would not go over them.

Building up the sides so the animals could not see the water from their position was good and that worked and then if they were covered the animals were not reluctant to cross at all. To them, the wooden plank floor was the same as the floor in the barn. They were used to it.

And covered caused the wood to last many years longer.

leonnybg said...

Good post for good job. :)

Kate said...

The juxtaposition of your hands in the water and an electrical emergency made me shutter. It's interesting how much we rely on these services and how marvelous it is that they work for us; lucky us!!

Mar said...

Glad they know their business...

e is for...

JM said...

That could have been a serious problem! Glad nothing happened.

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

I always like seeing the details of life in your corner of the world. I like how it had the 3 languages on the sign.

Sheila said...

A shocking experience! :) In all seriousness, it could have been a very unpleasant accident. Thank goodness it was all fixed quickly.

FA said...

Glad you are safe. I, also, appreciate the many service people who remain hidden and yet keep what we take for granted going.

Congrats on being a good blogger and having your camera akways ready.

ShAKirA CHOONG said...

Indeed linesmen are so brave!
I am so happy that you are safe.
Wonderful ABC WEDNESDAY's post.
Mine is
http://justmeshakirack.blogspot.com/2010/02/abc-wednesday-e-for-exceptional.html
hugs
shakira

Roger Owen Green said...

exciting that you have such excellent electrical service

Ann said...

Electricity so useful, yet so deadly.

I am like you, I like to whip our my camera in situations like this.