Electric company considers underground lines at creek where Boy Scouts were electrocuted

Electric company considers underground lines at creek where Boy Scouts were electrocuted

LAKE O' THE PINES, TX (KLTV) - An electric company is considering major renovations to move utility lines underneath a creek where three boy scouts were electrocuted in 2017.

A representative for Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative confirmed Thursday that the electric company has system-wide plans in the works, "including an extensive project that involves tunneling the lines that currently cross Alley Creek and placing them under the Lake O' the Pines."

On Aug. 5, 2017, three Hallsville Boy Scouts were electrocuted when their catamaran sailboat hit a power line at Alley Creek on the Lake o' the Pines Marina. Will Brannon, 17, Heath Faucheux, 16, died at the scene of the incident. Thomas Larry, 11, later died at a hospital in Shreveport.

The incident occurred at the same location where construction is set to take place.

The company has not unveiled a timeline for the project but expects to iron out the details soon.

"At this time, Upshur is discussing specifics with its contractors, and anticipates providing you with more detailed information once the specifics are finalized, which should occur next week," the representative said in a UREC statement.

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