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Too Many Lightning Strikes To Bureau County Communications Tower

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Bureau County is one step close to resolving a major problem with its communications tower.

The Bureau County communications tower has suffered numerous lightning strikes over the last several years.

The most recent strike shutdown all county communications, leaving $40,000 in damage.

"Not only was it the radio traffic, to have the computer system go down and the telephone system, nobody is able to call in," said Cdr. Jim Shipp, Bureau County Sheriff's Department. "It creates a big problem."

A grounding engineer spent Monday assessing the tower. The county is paying more than $9,000 for the study.

The engineer says the tower itself isn't attracting lightning, but there are problems with the way the electricity makes it's way though the system.

"The coax lines need a little bit of improvement to the way they're grounded," said David Stockin, E & S Grounding Solutions. "When the lightning hits, it won't damage the equipment inside."

County board members don't know what it's going to cost to get the tower problem fixed. But, now that the analysis is complete, the county can start taking bids for repairs.