MAHOMET, Ill. (WCIA) — Ameren Illinois says a number of people aren’t following protocol before they start digging into their yard projects, and that can be dangerous.
An event in Mahomet teaches people the importance of calling 811, so crews can mark where gas lines and underground utilities are in your yard.
Ameren Illinois says it’s important to do this, because 20% of damage to underground facilities in Champaign County could have been prevented last year if people called 811 first.
811, also called J.U.L.I.E. (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators), will set up flags and paint with different colors to represent each utility type.