Irma Recovery Day #3: Trees and Power Lines…

The Last Refuge | 9/14/2017 | sundance
vegdancer18 (Posted by) Level 3
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As I shared yesterday:

[…] With most hurricane power outages you can find something, usually a tree, that has actually severed the top power line on a neighborhood grid. If the tree is massive, with or without taking down the pole, the tree has to be removed first. If the power company has to remove a tree before they can restore power to an ordinary residential neighborhood, they drop the priority to “some later time”, and move on to quicker repairs… Ergo most of those without power, end Day #3 (September 13), will not see power until their rotation on the tree removal list comes up; sometime around the end of the month (two weeks away), or later.

Case - Point

A case in point. Check this one out:

You can click on that image to make it massive.

Homes - Pine - Party - Utility - Cable

About 50 homes impacted when this pine came down and is party cradled by the lower utility cable which didn’t break (cable, internet, tv line), and party held up by a tree on the lot behind it. There is also still a partial attachment at the trunk split (which makes it even sketchy to evaluate close quarters). It’s a thick tree. Precariously balanced.

Power company timeline on something this scale is two weeks (+/-). The teeter-totter aspect to how this is balanced (party on tree split, cradled by cable, and party on other tree) makes it really precarious. The darned thing is “floating”. Take too much weight off the branches (normal approach) and the trunk weight could then drop it like a catapult.

Recommendation - Crane - Sling - Guesstimates - Tree

The professional recommendation was to rent a heavy crane and sling before even touching it. Any weight guesstimates would be just that… the tree is saturated w/ water.

Next up is a more successful endeavor where a line connecting more than 150 homes is now cleared. Check out...
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