Eversource Identifies 2,000 Trees for Removal following July Tornado

Courtesy of Eversource.

HYANNIS – Eversource is continuing work to remove damaged trees across Cape Cod following the severe storm in July which included three tornadoes and a microburst.

In the days following the storm, the utility company removed thousands of downed trees and has since marked another 2,000 dying, decaying or diseased trees for removal.

Hazardous trees will be removed over the next several weeks in 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 Stephen Driscoll, the vice president of operational services for Eversource.

“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.”

Eversource has committed 25 additional tree crews to the Cape and expects the work to take anywhere from 9 to 12 weeks.

The company is working with town leaders and private property owners to receive permission before removing a tree.

The July 23rd storm knocked out power to more than 100,000 customers. More than a 1,000 field resources were deployed to assist in the recovery effort. Almost all power was restored within 48 hours.

About Brian Merchant

Brian Merchant grew up in Central Massachusetts and now lives in South Dennis on the Cape. He has been part of the news team in the CapeCod.com NewsCenter since the spring of 2014. He studied radio broadcasting at the University of Tennessee.



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