Entergy reassure customers they're working hard to remove overgrown vegetation on power lines

Entergy reassure customers they're working hard to remove overgrown vegetation on power lines

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Power outages over the past few weeks have left many residents concerned. Tree limbs growing around power lines have been one of the biggest culprits.

"As you can see, there's a bunch of stuff growing over the power line, which it's causing it to sag pretty low to where my 4-year-old stepdaughter could basically touch it with a rake."

Keith Webre has been in his home for five years He lives with his fiancée and stepdaughter. They sent us photos after seeing our 9News Alert story last week about trees touching power lines. Like any father, Webre is concerned for his daughter's safety.

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"It's only a matter of time before she hits the rake on the power line. It's probably six and a half feet up in the air, so you know, I can visually stick my hand up in the air above it."

Webre is not the only one concerned. We received dozens of emails from many residents worried about tree limbs touching power lines. We spoke with Entergy to see what they're doing to help fix the problem.

"Every four years, every section of the areas that we serve are trimmed fully to our specifications," said Greg Gilbeau with Entergy.

Gilbeau says they're in the process of cutting down vegetation growing around power lines throughout the city. "Please be patient. We identify locations that need to be addressed. We want to keep our tree trimmers on their cycle, that way we want to make sure to complete our cycle or their cycles as soon as they can in an efficient manner," he said.

Gilbeau says they've started working on areas with the greatest need first. He says customers can still reach out to Entergy, but there's one very important thing to keep in mind.

"If there's any concern because it's around our facility, please call us and we will go look because we don't want anyone getting hurt. We are the experts around those electrical facilities and we want to make sure we keep everyone safe if tree trimming is required."

Entergy responded quickly and sent a crew to Webre's home. They trimmed the trees and raised the power line.

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