If digging is in your plans for Spring yardwork, make sure you call 8-1-1 before you dig and ask that the underground utilities on your property be properly located and marked.
Scott Batson with Duke Energy says calling 811 before digging anywhere prevents damage to underground utilities, prevents potential personal injury and avoids electric and other utility outages.
He says it also helps avoid costly repairs for the offenders.
Calling 811 is a free nationwide service.
In 2019, the U.S. Common Ground Alliance reported approximately 532,000 excavation-related damage events in the U.S., an increase of 14 percent from 2018, the latest year for which figures are available.
Estimated damages in 2019 total approximately $30 billion in direct and indirect losses.