BOSTON – More than a month after three tornadoes and one microburst carved paths of destruction through Cape Cod, Eversource continues to remove damaged trees along its distribution power lines. In the days following the powerful storm, the company removed thousands of downed trees, and has since marked an additional 2,000 dying, decaying and diseased trees, as well as trees damaged during the storm, for removal. Hazardous trees will be removed over the next several weeks in the following towns: Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Chatham, Barnstable, Brewster, Orleans and Mashpee.
“The trees we’ve identified for removal pose a danger to our power lines and could create problems for our customers,” said Vice President of Operational Services Stephen Driscoll. “Immediately after the tornadoes passed, we sent a team of arborists into the eight impacted communities to properly mark trees in need of removal. Completing this work will ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electricity to our customers.”
The July 23rd storm knocked out power to more than 100,000 customers, and Eversource responded with more than a thousand field resources restoring power to all of its customers within 48 hours. The damage left behind was widespread, and the energy company surveyed both town-owned and privately-owned properties in the impacted areas to identify trees to remove to ensure reliable power delivery to customers. In addition to hazardous tree removal, Eversource will prune tree limbs dangling near power lines along 90 miles of its distribution lines.
Eversource has committed 25 additional tree crews to the Cape and expects the work to take anywhere from 9-12 weeks. The company is working with town leaders and private property owners to receive permission before removing a tree.
Check out the video embedded below to see the work being done.