BERLIN, Conn. ( WTNH) – Connecticut’s drought conditions have Eversource crews identifying trees that pose a threat to the electric system. Eversource’s 68 million dollar tree trimming program includes removing hazardous trees along critical lines that service high numbers of people.
“The effects of a drought on tree systems are cumulative, and the region has experienced drought conditions for two of the last three years,” said Sean Redding, Manager of Vegetation Management for Eversource in Connecticut. “This year is expected to be the warmest on record, and the high temperatures coupled with lack of rainfall are affecting the trees. In order to prevent tree-related outages, our crews are working to identify signs trees are experiencing drought stress, such as early fall color and shedding of leaves and branches.”
So far, Eversource has completed more than 2,300 miles of the 4,000 miles of tree work in the state. Eversource services 17,000 miles of overhead power lines in Connecticut where trees account for more than 40 percent of all power outages.