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Electricity providers: Power grid strong, Aug. 7 storm stronger

12:33 PM, Aug. 21, 2013
Residents react after storms rip through Fox Valle...
Residents react after storms rip through Fox Valle...: After Wednesday's storms devastated the Fox Cities, residents react as they assess the damage left in the storm's wake. (Aug. 7, 2013).
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Power systems in the Fox Valley are built to withstand strong wind and heavy ice, but the storm that struck Aug. 6-7 overwhelmed that infrastructure.

All told, We Energies replaced 157 poles, 92 transformers and 58,250 feet of wire, said Brian Manthey, spokesman for the utility company.

"There are limitations to the system," he said. "It can stand up to great storms. We haven't had anything to this magnitude in the Fox Valley with that many customers out in recent memory." ...

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