Down wires caused by ice
Power lines are installed with an anticipation of ice and other storm factors. But over time, those stresses can deteriorate and weaken power lines and their supporting structures. When they’re weakened, they’re more susceptible to damage from the weight of the ice and storm effects — and power lines can come down.
Severe weather aside, it’s important to remember that power lines should be able to withstand the force of Mother Nature — if they’re properly inspected and maintained by power companies.