The Board of Selectmen need to play a bit of hardball with National Grid. Testifying to the incompetence of National Grid during the storm was great, now they need to set standards for Sturbridge, and insist that they be followed to avoid a repeat of the October power outage.
When a warning of a hurricane comes from a meteorologist on TV we listen, and act accordingly; when a warning about ineffective tree trimming comes from our Tree Warden we would need to be as attentive. If we don't heed the warning, we'll be cursing National Grid in the dark again.
|Snow damage to National Grid lines in Glastonbury Connecticut. |
All of NationalGrid coverage area was out of commission due to
the early, heavy snow in October 2011.
Tree to trim [too] and has provided to the Town.
I also want to draw your attention to the line below:
"Also note that this
clearance "window" does not imply that we will remove healthy, strong
overhang or mature leaders normally found throughout the entire system within
the clearance spec zone."
It is these very branches that I feel caused the majority of the outages.
The pruning that Nat Grid is proposing does very little to insure any real
"storm proofing" Without being "up in the bucket" it is very hard to make a
call from the ground as to how strong a limb may be, and to only real way to
be sure the limb will not fail in a storm is to remove it, a line clearance
procedure called "blue skies" The real challenge it to try to find that
balance, but as we deal with "mother nature" I'm not sure how successful one
Click here to view the National Grid drawings, and procedure, for trimming trees in different areas.
In 2009, we spent some money on the trees around our property and along our driveway, having them pruned of dead limbs, inspected for bugs, etc. We don't have a garage and our cars are outside so we worry about damage to our cars.ReplyDelete
When this storm hit us, we experienced some downed limbs here and there but we didn't realize how hard the area was hit until we inspected our street (we're set back from the road and can't see other homes) and saw all the damage.
We strongly feel that trimming our trees the year before strengthened them and they held up much better in the storm. Also, there were no deadwood or limbs to worry about.
Homeowners can help themselves by spending a little bit of money on pruning the trees that are closest to their dwellings and along their driveways. We are certain that the few hundred bucks we spent went a very long way for us.