Lamar Electric Substation Copper Theft and Snake Damage
Substation copper theft Paris and Snake damage in Reno
Paris police responded to a theft call at 8:48 A.M. on June 14, 2017, in the 1200 block of W Sherman St. It was reported that someone had cut a hole in the fence surrounding the power transfer station and had stolen several copper grounding cables. The cost to replace the cables was estimated at $1,500.
Snake damage in Reno
Lamar Electric replaced several broken insulators at its Reno substation due to recent damage caused by snakes, Mylar balloons and a raccoon. Several insulators were cracked, burned and damaged and needed to be replaced. Lamar Electric brought in a mobile substation to energise the facility while necessary repairs were made.
1st June 2017 – The Lamar Electric substation at Reno has been attacked by snakes. The Lamar Electric substation technician found a snake on the gravel inside the fence on Wednesday. Last night another snake caused an outage for the second time in two weeks. About 3,000 members were without power momentarily while Lamar Electric crews removed the snake and restored power. When Lamar Electric crews were in the substation last night, a fourth snake was found crawling on the gravel.
Lamar Electric is responding by ordering a snake fence for installation around the steel buss work. A snake fence is an electric fence about one inch off the ground above a piece of steel pipe that serves as a good ground. A snake fence has already been installed at a Lamar Electric substation in Red River County that has proved to be effective. While waiting for the snake fence to be installed Lamar Electric has applied snake repellent and moth balls. A “snake trap” will also be placed at the Reno substation. The “snake trap” is an extra-large glue trap, similar to the glue trap that people usually have for bugs or critters around the house.
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