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Drought 2 years in the making affecting state's trees

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Eversource crews have been cutting back trees affected by the drought. (WFSB photo) Eversource crews have been cutting back trees affected by the drought. (WFSB photo)
ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) -

Though a little bit of rain was in the forecast for Friday, experts said the state's current drought has been in the making for two years.

Now, it's reached the point where it's affecting Connecticut's trees.

Officials with the Eversource power company said it's a little harder for them to see stress on trees right away since the leaves have been changing color.

However, they said if customers notice a tree that's just browning, the leaves are curling or its leaves are already gone, it could be in danger.

Arborists working with the power company said they go over 4,000 miles of power lines every year for regular maintenance.

This year, they said they're also going over major lines to check if trees are stressed and addressing those as well.

"Take a look at their trees, look for branches that don't have any bark on them or may be dead and either address them themselves or hire a licensed professional arborists to come take a look at them,"Sean Redding with Eversource vegetation management said.

The said the drought stress really became apparent over the past 3 to 4 months.

"As those branches die back, they're more likely to break and fall off and hit our wires," Redding said. "And in some cases trees die and could fall on our wires."

Eversource is asking homeowners to keep an eye on the trees in their years and neighborhoods.

"Credit to them, they're keeping track of this and they know what the dangers are," Juan Egozcue, of Wethersfield, said.  

Eversource also said people should not to try and take down a tree alone if they're within 10 feet of a power line. Instead, they should call an expert. 

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