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Published September 21, 2012, 04:49 PM

Xcel Energy says the dry weather is causing electrical problems at some homes

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- After repeated wet springs and summers, comes a drought and problems with dry ground and electric meters.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- After repeated wet springs and summers, comes a drought and problems with dry ground and electric meters.

Electricians and X-cel energy have been responding to some bizarre service calls recently. The dry ground is shifting, pulling meter poles away from homes.

Most of these problems have been reported the last couple of weeks, in this case the homeowner had to call xcel and an electrician because inside the home the lights were coming on half way, the oven would come on but just half way, same with the microwave, the culprit connections because the electrical service was pulling away from the house.

Mark Nisbet/Xcel Energy: "The clay soil that we have will grab on to wires that come to the meter box and with the pressure it looses connections, can lose power, lights flicker."

Mark Nesbit of X-cel says it is important to call them and an electrician if you are noticing flickering or failing lights. Some homeowners who notice the meter pulling away from homes, actually have witnessed flash fires.

Mark: "The real key is if you see trouble like that we don't want you to repair it yourself."

There is also a chance the dry, shifting soil can pull wires away from the house as well. Once it is repaired, the city will likely have to inspect it.

Most of the time, a homeowner has to call both an electrician and the power company, since both are needed to make the repair.

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