2011-09-02 / Top Stories

Sanders: Downed Trees Pose Serious Threat

Hurricane Irene took down thousands of trees around the borough of Queens and throughout Councilman James Sanders Jr.’s 31st City Council District. Many of these trees are currently hanging on power lines, leaning against houses and businesses, obstructing roads, and causing generally dangerous conditions for homes, pedestrians, and traffic along normally busy streets.

“The City’s response to Irene has been generally terrific, especially in the hours leading up to the storm,” said Sanders. “Thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been; but now we do have to deal with what damage the storm did, and make no mistake, it did plenty.” Many tree trunks and branches have taken down power lines, leaving live wires in the street or dangling from broken poles, and keeping thousands of residents in the dark without power. “Already, a fallen tree took down a power line that sparked a fire in my district,” continued the Councilman. “The danger is very real. I call on the City of New York and the Department of Environmental Protection to expedite the removal of these trees, which are creating an unacceptably dangerous situation for all my constituents, and residents throughout the City.”

In addition to the dangers posed by hanging branches and tree limbs, crews from Con Ed and LIPA cannot work on downed power lines until tree debris is fully removed by the City. The longer it takes to remove trees, the longer it will take to get power restored to those still without power. All residents are also urged to dial 311 to generate a formal report regarding downed trees or power lines near streets or homes. This also allows the Councilman’s office to follow up with the appropriate city agency using the necessary case number information. For more information, please contact the Councilman’s district office at 718-527-4356 or 718-471-7014.

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