NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Residents near the intersection of Harris and Deep Creek roads, off Warwick Boulevard, are concerned about low-hanging utility lines.
The low-hanging cables are near Lisa Powers’ grandson’s bus stop. The problem started in September, and since then she’s called the city of Newport News, Dominion Virginia Power and Newport News Public Schools. The wires haven’t been touched in four months, she said.
“I’m just worried that it’s going to take some child or some person getting hurt before anything is done,” Powers said. “If the children can get a hold of that wire … something needs to be done.”
There are five low-hanging cables, in all, and Dominion Virginia Power said their lines are not in violation. The power company sent a crew out to check on the situation after 10 On Your Side contacted them Friday morning.
The cables sit along Jim Rindfleisch’s property. He said the wires have gradually gotten lower over the past three years, but they have been at their current height for at least one year. Rindfleisch even grabbed some phone cables to show how accessible they are. He understands why other neighbors are frustrated, too.
“I don’t know if it’s a safety problem or not, but the wires are obviously too low,” Rindfleisch said. “I’d just like to see them put a telephone poll (up) …. and get the lines up.”
Powers’ also tried changing her grandson’s bus stop away from the cables. Newport News Public Schools told WAVY.com Powers’ request was denied in October because she requested a new bus stop be implemented. The school district said Friday that Powers could move her grandson to another bus stop nearby. They will also be sending out a district employee to assess the safety of the bus stop.
The city of Newport News said they are only the facilitator between the residents and the utility companies, and they have directed Verizon and Cox Cable to check on their respective cables. Crews from both companies will be out to check their lines soon, according to a city spokeswoman.
Dominion Power reminded all customers it is never a good idea to touch low hanging wires because you never know what utility they belong to and could be energized. Dominion Power says touching power lines could severely injure or kill someone. Dominion recommends staying back at least 30 feet from all wires.
If you see a wire that might need attention or have a concern call Dominion at 1-866-DOM-HELP.