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Utility flags make the mark

Small utility flags have a big purpose. They serve as markers for buried utilities such as cable, alarm, signal, water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, power, gas lines and other underground utilities. The color of the flag indicates what utility type is marked. Some utility companies will imprint their name or logo on the flag. Utility locators also use marking paint to show the location of the buried utilities on property. 

To find out when it’s ok to remove a flag on your property, contact the company doing the work in your area. Typically, it’s ok to remove flags or markings after 14 days, according to Utilities Superintendent Scott Anderson. To learn more, call Gopher One State Call at 811 or visit

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