Early morning, crews are closing streets to traffic on Calle Libertidad and an adjacent street.

An old fashioned electrical pole, wood, is going to be replaced by a newer model,and new electrical lines are being strung to provide more service to a nearby house under construction. 

The city crew starts around eight and right after lunch power is cut so linemen can scramble up poles and reattach new lines in place of old.

The men in hardhats, overseen by supervisors, do their tasks in an orderly fashion. Electricity has it’s own rules and care must always be taken.

Citizens sit on stoops and watch the work, traffic finds other ways to bypass the scene, pedestrians on bicycles lift yellow tape and squeeze underneath.

When power is restored there are sighs of relief.

Civilization, these days, still goes only as far as roads and electricity.

 

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