RHINELANDER - Losing power when severe weather hits causes big problems for some people in the Northwoods. It's something that Wisconsin Public Service wants to work on.
Two and a half years ago, WPS began identifying power-outage problem areas throughout the Northwoods. Last summer they began work on the System Modernization Reliability Project, a five-year initiative to bury roughly 1,000 miles of overhead power lines.
"We buried 185 miles the first year, which was really kind of the start of the whole process," said Senior Regional Electrical Engineer Richard Reitz. "We've never done a project of this magnitude. This year we're targeting a little bit over 200 miles, and then there'll be more each year after that."