In light of the recent devastation caused by powerful tornadoes and storms, communities across Illinois will be coming together to clean up and rebuild in the days and weeks ahead.
During this time, one important phone number can help residents and contractors from adding to complications during the cleanup process. For any clean up that involves digging or removing trees from the ground, JULIE, Inc. (JULIE) reminds professional excavators and homeowners alike to call 8-1-1 at least two full business days before they start to dig. This is a free call and service.
“There is no reason to take a chance when it comes to safety. Striking a single utility line during the clean up or any time can take a staggering toll, in terms of personal injury, costly delays, environmental or additional property damage, liability and expensive and inconvenient outages,” said Kevin Chmura, Director of Public Relations for JULIE, Inc. “Calling 8-1-1 helps protect the people who dig and entire communities.”
When residents call 8-1-1, they will speak with a helpful JULIE call center agent who will take the location and description of the project site and notify affected utility member operators. These member facility owners and operators will then send a professional locator to mark the approximate location of their underground utility lines. (JULIE personnel do not perform locating or marking services). This number is not to be used to report utility service outages.
JULIE’s helpful call center agents are available to receive and process requests 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 8-1-1. E-Request is also a convenient option for homeowners who prefer to enter their own utility locate requests online.