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Eversource warns CT property-owners about drought-stressed trees

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Eversource warned residents about drought-stressed trees. (Eversource) Eversource warned residents about drought-stressed trees. (Eversource)

Drought conditions throughout Connecticut were impacting trees in the state and leading to power outages. 

“Many portions of our service area have been experiencing a drought, which further stresses trees that may have also been impacted by insect and pest infestations over the past several years," Sean Redding, Manager of Vegetation Management for Eversource in Connecticut said in a statement on Wednesday. “As a result, there is the potential for more tree and limb failures as we approach the winter storm season.” 

Eversource officials said their crews conduct "routine trimming throughout the state for the safe and reliable delivery of power." 

Customers of Eversource have been recommended to "check outside their home for any trees or shrubs that appear weak or need to be trimmed" and then, call a qualified contractor to "trim vegetation if the trees are near power lines." 

“Failing trees or limbs may become dangerous with storm-force winds or the weight of snow and ice buildup, so it’s important to address them before the next severe weather comes our way,” Redding said. “Our tree trimming programs combined with routine tree maintenance conducted by property owners help to keep the lights on during storms, and keep our lineworkers and the public safe from hazardous trees.” 

The following safety tips were released by Eversource on tree maintenance: 

  • Before starting any work, locate the power lines going to your meter and any that may run along the road.
  • Never attempt to trim any vegetation growing on or near overhead power lines.
  • Deadwood is a naturally occurring hazard on some species of trees. Conduct a thorough visual inspection of what is above you before starting seasonal chores like raking leaves, and storing lawn furniture.
  • Hire an arborist to evaluate your property and offer professional advice and suggestions for maintaining your trees, similar to any other professional tradesperson.
  • Check your local listings to locate a contractor qualified and licensed to trim vegetation around power lines.
  • When Eversource responds to restore service during storms and adverse weather, the company performs tree work to clear the power lines so that service may be restored. Property owners should be sure to plan for the cleanup and removal of any fallen limbs or trees. 

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