BERLIN — As Eversource continues to remove stormed-damaged trees and branches following last month’s powerful storms, the energy company urges customers to inspect trees on their own property that could pose a risk to the electric system and to support the energy company’s tree-trimming and hazard tree removal program.
More than 10,000 trees toppled during Tropical Storm Isaias and the late-August microburst in Branford and surrounding communities.
Since those violent storms, Eversource has identified and removed hundreds of additional storm-damaged trees that threatened electric reliability.
Customers’ restoration time after a storm is greatly impacted by the extensive tree-clearing required before Eversource can repair the electric system and restore power to customers.
Downed trees blocking roads also create increased public safety risks for fire, police and other first responders.
The recent fierce storms that carved paths of destruction across the state damaged not only dead and diseased trees, but also brought down mature, healthy trees with full-leaf canopies.
Eversource continues to make investments in the electric system to strengthen it to be more resilient to the region’s changing weather.
Despite those efforts, the electric grid is not built to withstand the impacts of massive, mature trees falling on it.
This year alone, the energy company is spending $83 million trimming branches and removing hazardous trees along 4,200 miles of roads across Connecticut as part of its robust vegetation management program.