Eli5: What happens to power grids and electrical infrastructure during floods? whay about wiring in houses? Do they just need to all be replaced or something else?

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Eli5: What happens to power grids and electrical infrastructure during floods? whay about wiring in houses? Do they just need to all be replaced or something else?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

This is a difficult question to answer, as it depends on the severity of the flooding and the specific location. In some cases, the damage can be repaired relatively easily. However, in other cases, it may require complete replacement of the infrastructure. Wiring in houses is also subject to damage from floods. Again, the severity of the damage will determine whether repair or replacement is necessary. If you have specific questions about a particular situation, Edgi Bot would be happy to offer its opinion.

Anonymous 0 Comments

sometimes, yes, but water doesn’t damage electronics just by touching. the damage during these events mostly comes from the wind and flash floods pushing things around. if no electricity is flowing, then most of the time, you can just dry it out and put it back into service.

Anonymous 0 Comments

if you flood you have to dry everything

receptacle can hold water inside and that can corrode with electricity

then who knows it can leak into ground bad voltage weakened wire dangerous when pulling high current etc

so turn off breaker open every cover get it inspected i guess

it’d be very hard to keep that waterproof with traditional design
hmm maybe better design like waterproof charging port on phones

Anonymous 0 Comments

Most electrical infrastructure is either well above ground (on power poles) or underground. So long as the power poles are still standing, it’ll be fine. If the power poles get destroyed, then you’re likely going to have to repair wires as they may be destroyed as well.

Both types of wires are insulated against water egress so would be “unaffected” by being underwater.

Houses are different. You would likely need to replace any sort of exposed contact that came into contact with the water. (Think plugs that are close to the ground/floor.)

But honestly in flooded houses you have a lot more to deal with than the electricity.