MISSOULA – NorthWestern Energy crews will be busy along the Clark Fork River downstream from Missoula on Tuesday as they make some additional changes to the line which was destroyed during last year’s flooding.
The line crossing the river at Tower Street was wiped out last spring, when high water swept through the area, destroying several of the poles that supported the transmission line.
Last summer, after the floodwaters had receded, NorthWestern Energy crews replaced the broken poles and equipment. But there was some opinion it might be better to build a stronger line — and relocate it — because of the changing river channel.
Crews have been prepping the site since January and Tuesday they’ll be installing half a dozen steel poles, with better re-enforcement against flood damage. As they’re removing trees, the crews will also be improving wildlife habitat as part of the park and open space.