City avoids power outages by trimming trees

City avoids power outages by trimming trees

PIGGOTT, AR (KAIT) - The city of Piggott sustained some storm damage on Saturday, but the town had only one power outage.

According to Mayor Jim Poole, this is likely because of the city's tree trimming and maintenance program.

"We have a pretty aggressive tree trimming program, " said the city's utility director Brian Haley. "We usually start in the fall."

He said the city works with homeowners and on their own facilities, trimming trees that could cause problems during severe weather.

"It's a continuing maintenance program that we do and it pays off," he said.  "You know, because a lot of time during these storms we don't have near the outages other cities or especially co-ops have."

He said the town had power outages during an ice storm in 2009 and that showed them the importance of trimming trees near lines.

"That really opened our eyes, so, since then we've had a really aggressive program," he said.

He said the ice storm also allowed homeowners to see the value of trimming trees that pose a risk.

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