"Duke Energy contract crews will be clearing rights-of-way in areas around our distribution electrical lines in several areas of Catawba and Burke Counties over the next few months.
As you know we have a responsibility to deliver power safely and reliably. Trees around our lines are a major contributor to customer outages, so we must trim the right of way from time to time. Our process is to remove any natural growth that could pose a danger to the power lines and public safety. By removing potentially dangerous fire and electrical shock hazards, we are helping keep power on in the community and the property around our lines as safe as possible.
Our crews use a variety of methods to monitor and manage vegetation growth on distribution and transmission power line rights of way. Our methods are monitored for safety, environmental impact and costs. To inform our customers before we start work on their property, our standard method on our distribution lines is to attempt to contact the customer at least 48 hours prior to any work taking place on their property. We knock on the door of the customer and leave a door hanger if no one is at home with contact information for the General Foreman that will be leading the crews in the area. This will allow the customer to contact the foreman should they have questions regarding the work, etc.
The General Foreman’s name leading these crews is Jeff Pomeroy (828-999-2679) with Asplundh Tree Experts. The Area Duke Energy Forester responsible for the work in the area is Terry Waugh. Terry can be reached at 828-323-2849."
The work will be in the following general locations: