Eversource: More trees, branches are falling because of drought - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Eversource: More trees, branches are falling because of drought conditions

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The state continues to see drought conditions, prompting Eversource tree crews to work to identify trees that have been weakened by the dry weather.

In Connecticut, Eversource says it will invest $68 million this year as it will trim more than 4,000 miles along overhead power lines and remove hazardous trees.

“The effects of a drought on tree systems are cumulative, and the region has experienced drought conditions for two of the last three years,” Sean Redding, Manager of Vegetation Management for Eversource in Connecticut, said in a press release.

He said the high temperatures and lack of rain are impacting the trees, so crews are looking to locate those trees to prevent tree-related outages.

Redding said crews are noticing that more trees and branches are falling when the weather is nice. “That’s because the root systems that anchor the trees have been compromised by the extended drought,” he said.

So far, the company said its crews have completed more than 2,300 miles of tree work.

“Eversource services 17,000 miles of overhead power lines in Connecticut, where trees account for more than 40 percent of all power outages,” a press release said.

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