Public Service Electric and Gas is giving Bergen County trees a haircut this year. PSEG has begun a year long effort to prune trees in Bergen County because of what happened last year. They want to avoid damage to power lines during future major winter storms.
2011 was a challenging year. We had an early winter storm in October. It was so bad that it cancelled Halloween. It had a devastating impact on Bergen County and throughout the New York City area for days and weeks. The high winds tore down mature trees and branches. As a result, power lines were torn down too. Because of this PSEG began a year long effort to prune trees and branches near power lines. They are doing this throughout Bergen County so we don’t lose power in future major storms.
Bergen County is known for it’s foliage. Our streets are often lined with magnificent towering trees reaching enormous heights. Many of these trees have limbs perilously close to electrical wires. Winter storms come with fierce blowing winds. As a result, trees limbs snap and break tearing down power wires creating havoc for the local residents.
Last October 29th Bergen County was brought to a standstill. An incredibly severe storm came up the East Coast and roared into Bergen County. Power, phone and cable lines were out everywhere. Streets were made impassable due to the overwhelming number of trees and branches that fell. It was so bad that weeks later streets were still being cleared of debris.
PSE&G spokeswoman Bonnie Sheppard said that all pruning work should be completed in the following towns by the end of April: Bergenfield, Bogota, Cliffside Park, Dumont, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fairview, Haworth, Fort Lee, Leonia, Little Ferry, New Milford, Oradell, Palisades Park, Paramus, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, River Edge, Teaneck and Tenafly.
This is welcome news for Bergen County residents some of whom were without power last October for one week. No one wants a repetition of last year’s Halloween snowstorm. PSEG is a great utility company but Mother Nature will always have the upper hand. What we can do is to prepare as best we can. PSEG’s pruning program does exactly that.