- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The largest energy provider in the New England region will spend $30 million this year to trim trees along 2,800 miles of power lines in New Hampshire.

WMUR-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2caV6i7 ) Eversource is trimming the trees to prevent power outages caused by limbs that have been weakened by ongoing drought conditions in the state.

The utility has hired a team of arborists tasked with examining trees along power lines in an effort to spot any issues before a power outage could occur. Eversource officials say customers have been reporting outages caused by trees that fall for no apparent reason.

Crews are reportedly more than halfway through the project, which the company considers part of its regular annual maintenance.

Homeowners are notified before their trees are trimmed or removed.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, https://wmur.com

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