PG&E begins tree trimming today |

PG&E begins tree trimming today

Beginning today, PG&E will trim trees to prevent power outages on overhead electric lines in Nevada County.

Crews will limb branches from 141 trees and remove 19 trees along five miles of power lines that pose a safety and reliability hazard, according to the electric company.

Work will occur in Grass Valley along portions of the Colfax Highway, Brooks Road, Rattlesnake Road and Dog Bar Road. Crews are expected to finish the work by the week of June 23.

Notification of the work was sent to property owners by personal contact, door hangers and automated phone calls.

Customers can lose power when heavy upper branches from cedar, black oaks and Ponderosa pines break off during winter storms.

Even though only about 13 percent of outages are caused by trees, statistics show more than 90 percent of tree-caused outages come from healthy trees and branches, PG&E said.

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