ALERT: Bryan Texas Utilities to conduct tree trimming around power lines
WHAT: Bryan Texas Utilities contracted Nelson Tree Service to trim trees surrounding power lines
AREAS AFFECTED: Bryan and the rural areas of Brazos County and parts of College Station area
WHERE TO REPORT TREES CONTACTING LINES: Or any other dangerous situations related to power, call 822-3777
WHY: The primary cause of electrical outages in most electric service areas is contact with trees and the wildlife that live in those trees, like squirrels, birds and even snakes. BTU trims each electric distribution circuit every five years as part of their standard maintenance of overhead power lines. Trees are trimmed according to the guidelines of the contractor's arborist and with the health of the tree and environment in consideration. Homeowners can expect any limb within an 8 foot distance of a power line to be trimmed.
"Electric utilities must trim power line easements as part of our diligence in providing BTU customers with safe and reliable electric service", said David Werley, BTU group manager of business and customer operations. "Electric lines are trimmed on a 5 year rotation in order to be cost effective while adequately maintaining the lines."