Temperatures have dropped and soon multicolored leaves will sprinkle the yards. If you are looking to do some fall cleanup before the cold embrace of winter, Great Plains Communications would like to take a moment to remind you of the Digger’s Hotline and calling before you dig.
Keep in mind, this isn’t needed for planting chrysanthemums or other annual fall flowers along the front of the house. However, if you are planning to dig more than 6 inches into the ground, you should start off by calling 811. These projects could include installing a new fence or digging up a dying tree or shrub.
The Digger’s Hotline keeps track of the many electrical wires, Internet cable, sewer lines and other wires that run underneath your city. Pipes and wires can run below streets, businesses, parks and your home without your knowledge. While we here at Great Plains Communications traditionally bury our Internet, cable and phone wires at least 6 ft. underground, some wires may be buried as shallow as 6 in.
In addition to the 811-phone number, the Digger’s Hotline also has a website you can visit at http://www.ne1call.com/.
Remember that it is your duty to call before starting a project, and if you do damage to any pipes or wires, you may be liable. Protect yourself and your neighbors and call 811 first!