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Did the power company ever insulate those power lines at 31st and Iowa streets that were killing so many birds? I drove by the other day and still saw a bunch of dead birds. Have they fixed it yet? If not, when do they plan to do it?

Westar Energy has not insulated the high-voltage power lines near 31st and Iowa streets.

"We started to," said Westar spokeswoman Carla Olson, "but there was some city work going on in the area and we didn't want to interfere with what they were doing. That work has since been completed. Now we're waiting on the ground to dry out or for it to freeze hard enough so our equipment won't tear things up."

Olson said Westar was "sensitive" to the birds being killed but noted that "typically, high-voltage lines like that are not insulated."


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