Crews working in La Plata County to remove/trim hazard trees
DURANGO, Colo. – To help ensure the on-going safety and reliability of electricity transmission, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) is performing scheduled, routine inspections and maintenance of its overhead lines during the coming weeks in the Highway 160-East area of La Plata County. The effort includes the safe trimming and removal of trees that pose a hazard to electrical system lines.
LPEA’s tree trimming crews will be working in Grandview as well as neighborhoods off of County Road 234 north of Highway 160, including county roads 222, 223, 225 and others in the area, plus south on Highway 172, including county roads 302, 303, 304 and environs.
According to LPEA officials, removal of hazardous trees or branches is necessary for public safety, to decrease the potential for power outages and to avoid the possibility of fires caused by limbs or trees falling onto or through power lines.
“We’ve had very few outages thus far this winter, and in part we can attribute this to our routine inspection, maintenance, system improvements and tree trimming program,” said Steve Gregg, LPEA operations manager. “Remember that many winter outages are due to snow loading up on hazardous tree limbs, which break and fall through a line. While we can’t stop all trees from falling when Mother Nature gets unusually aggressive, we take great pride in being proactive with our system maintenance to keep the lights on for our members.”
LPEA crews remove any tree deemed “hazardous” – those that are dead, damaged, infested with insects, showing evidence that the root system is jeopardized or unstable, and/or one that may be leaning toward power lines and is tall enough to come into contact with LPEA electrical equipment if it were to fall.
Felled trees are limbed and left for property owners’ use or disposal. Trails and roadways are cleared of debris by LPEA. Landlords with rentals in the maintenance areas are encouraged to alert their tenants of possible activity on the right-of-way or adjacent property.
LPEA customers with additional questions or concerns regarding tree trimming are urged to call Roland Pack, 970.382.7183 or Ben Cordova, 970.382.3534.LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 40,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.