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To Fight Outages, CL&P Steps Up Tree Trimming Effort

Some Called The Stepped-Up Work Too Aggressive
Connecticut Light & Power Truck (file / credit: CL&P)

Connecticut Light & Power Truck (file / credit: CL&P)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - Last year’s severe weather brought down many trees in Connecticut.

The falling trees took down many power lines. Tropical Storm Irene and the freak Halloween weekend snowstorm left some customers in the dark for more than a week.

As a result, Connecticut Light & Power has stepped up its tree trimming efforts. CL&P nearly doubled its budget for tree trimming to $53.5 million.

Not everyone is on board, however.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

The Greenwich Tree Conservancy and the tree wardens told tell the Greenwich Time that the efforts seem too aggressive.

“We certainly understand that our customers love their trees. However, our job is to also keep the lights on. So, it’s about achieving that balance,” CL&P spokesperson Mitch Gross told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane.

Gross told Murnane that CL&P provides notice, even for routine work.

“If they don’t respond within the 15 days, we consider that a ‘yes.’ If there is expanded trimming and we have to go on a customer’s property, that requires the customer’s verbal okay or a written okay,” Gross said.

To find out where CL&P plans tree trimming on a town-by-town basis, click here.

Do you feel that CL&P is being too aggressive? Sound off in the comments section below!