Tree Trim Angers Homeowner

An angry homeowner says Omaha Public Power District went too far. A tree in his yard had to be trimmed away from power lines.

OPPD contractors are trimming branches in Ray Willis' neighborhood and on his tree he says they took too much off the side.

"These branches here are going, pointing west. there's no reason that i can understand why they would want to cut these and they're no threat to the wires," says Willis.

Fully-leafed, OPPD says the Linden is the wrong type of tree to be planted near a power line

Willis and his wife worried that OPPD would come out and trim the tree they just didn't know when. So they took preemptive action by hiring a tree expert to trim it last summer.

The work cost him several hundred dollars. That's money Willis says he could have saved if he was told when crews were coming.

"[OPPD] should let us know what you're going to do and give us an idea of what to expect when they come through and cut."

OPPD says attempts are made to notify homeowners - if not in person then with a door hanger.

"We did this for this particular customer back in May but probably should have reminded them it was coming up again," says spokeswoman Jodi Baker.

Willis will think about having the tree cut down since its full beauty has been sliced in half.

"It brought tears to my wife's eyes," says Willis.


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