NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. - JAFLO Tree Co. began trimming trees around power lines on Northbridge roads last week in preparation for the upcoming storm season.
Last August, Tropical Storm Irene brought the Central Mass. area, includng the town of Northbridge, to its knees when wind and rain brought down trees and tree limbs on electrical lines. Some residents were without power for days.
That was followed in October with an early nor'easter, with heavy snow bringing trees and limbs down onto power lines. In that storm, some residents were without power for up to a week.
The storms would not have affected the power grid as severely as they did if National Grid had monitored and trimmed trees around its power lines, officials said.
Attorney General Martha Coakley said she planned to fine National Grid $16 million, accusing the company of inadequately preparing for storms.
“Combined, these two storms left nearly a million National Grid customers without power, some for more than a week,” Coakley said in July. “National Grid’s preparation for these storms was inadequate, and its response was unacceptable. The company compounded these mistakes with a lack of communication to municipalities and first responders about restoration efforts, leaving many of them in the dark as they were making critical decisions around public safety and emergency treatment.”
On Monday afternoon, JAFLO trucks and workers were trimming and shredding trees on Church Avenue in the Rockdale section of town.
JAFLO will also be working on the following streets:
Hill Side Street
Moon Hill Road
JAFLO has a preplanner, Riley Rubio, working in Northbridge to coordinate with customers. He can be reached at 508-733-1816. The superintendent for JAFLO is Sandra Guzman, and she can be reached at 304-276-6230.