(Berlin, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – One of the state’s utilities is working to identify trees that have been stressed due to the drought conditions.

Officials say they’re targeting those trees that have become weakened as a result of drought and that pose a “threat to the reliability of the electric system”.

Sean Redding, who heads vegetation management at Eversource, says crews are looking for those trees that are showing early fall color and shedding leaves and branches, that may be in danger of falling.

For the last several years, Eversource has ramped up it’s tree trimming program.

This year in Connecticut, the company plans on investing $68 million in trimming operations along a 4,000 mile swath of power lines for tree removal operations.

Trees accout for 40 percent of all power outages, according to Eversource.


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