Man receives $854 bill for planting shrubs, hits utility line

by admin in Blog

This news story is the perfect reason why you should always know what’s hiding beneath before digging the area up.

“This past summer, Mike Rious, was using small hand tools to plant a few bushes in his front yard when he hit a Verizon FIOS line. The company quickly made the repair. Rious thought that was it – until he received a repair bill for $854.

“That’s ridiculous,” said Rious. “I could understand if I had been excavating something. But I’m putting in shrubs.”

Dora Parks, with Miss Utility, says because Rious was digging on his own property without machinery, he was not legally obligated to call 811 to locate utility lines. But he can still be charged by the utility for the repair, which she said is common.”

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