8:15 AM EDT, July 26, 2012
Regarding your editorial about BGE's response to the storm damage, the area where I live off Falls Road in Baltimore County has fought the company for years over its tree-trimming policies ("Power outage backlash," July 23).
Twice I tried to get them to trim one big tree on my property that had several large branches overhanging their lines. And twice we lost our power at the exact same place from this tree.
But both times BGE failed to cut it back. Finally after a minor storm several days after the derecho, when 13 houses lost their power for eight hours, BGE called in Lewis Tree service with a big cherry picker and took down the offending branches.
Now, of course, BGE will say it wasn't cost effective to do this before. Maybe that's because two BGE trucks responded to the last episode at around 4 a.m. They found the problem but couldn't fix because it was too high off the ground for them to reach.
They left at shift changing time and four more trucks arrived on the day shift. Again I pointed out the problem to them, but they simply got into their trucks and went to sleep until Lewis Tree Service arrived several hours later.
No wonder BGE says it wasn't cost-efficient to remove the branches. The way the company went about doing it, there was no way it could be.
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