Company begins replacing underwater cables damaged by anchor

The power cables run under the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The power cables run under the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

The Associated Press
Created: May 03, 2021 04:08 PM

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — The company whose underwater power cables were damaged by an anchor strike in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac says it's beginning to install replacements.

A ship anchor in April 2018 struck three of American Transmission Co.'s six cables, which moved electricity between the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula.

Two were severed and another was seriously damaged. About 600 gallons of insulation fluid leaked into the straits, which connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

It will take about seven months to finish removing the old cables and lay the new ones.

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