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Two Storm Panel Recommendations Include Tree Removal Fund

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A damaged utility line is seen following the feak snowstorm - West Hartford, CT - Nov 7, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

A damaged utility line is seen following the feak snowstorm – West Hartford, CT – Nov 7, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

WILTON, CT (WCBS 880) - It took more than a week for some in Connecticut to get their power back after Irene and the freak October snowstorm. In many cases, it was because of so many downed trees.

WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane On The Story

90 percent of the wires that ended up on the ground after Tropical Storm Irene came down under the weight of a tree, says Gov. Dan Malloy’s Two Storm Panel.

Even after the October snowstorm seemed to repeat the trend, you can still everywhere ample opportunity for Mother Nature to knock out the lights again.

The panel made 82 recommendations in a more than 40-page report, including the establishment of a statewide hazardous tree removal fund providing matching grants for homeowners to remove problem trees on private property if they endanger power lines.

The panel says that 1.5 percent of funds that have been approved for utility vegetation management programs should be used to fund the tree removal program for five years.

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