Unmarked underground power line buries backyard dream

By Brad Franko

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) — All the Fekete family wanted was to use their yard the way the dreamed and the pool in the back yard would make it a reality. However, an unmarked 23,000 volt underground power line zapped their dream and turned it into a nightmare .

In February, the Feketes broke ground on that pool. The pool company called 811, and the tech from Utiliquest came out and marked “no conflicts in the area of excavation,” according to Julie Fekete.  Except there was a 23,000 volt conflict right in the middle of what would be the deep end of their pool.

The excavator clipped the plastic pipe (conduit) housing the SCE&G line that brought the Fekete’s project to a screeching halt.

“He jumped off really quickly and started calling his bosses,” said Matt Fekete. “He was very lucky.”

That power line runs unmarked on the final drawings of the Scott’s Creek neighborhood from a pole adjacent to the neighborhood, underground through at least three yards.

“It’s sheer luck that they hit that conduit the way they did, at the angle they did, because that could have been catastrophic,” Matt Fekete remarked as he stared at the pipe at the bottom of what should be his pool.

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