Omaha Man Upset Over OPPD Tree Trimming

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

A potential problem right outside our door could cost us during a storm.

OPPD is out trimming trees that are too close to power lines, but one Omaha man says crews left his tree so badly butchered he says it's an even bigger hazard.

Jimmy Nocita isn't going to be sitting in the shade under his Sycamore tree any time soon after crews from Asplundh Tree Experts removed all the branches on the west side of this tree.

Asplundh has been hired by OPPD to cut tree limbs throughout the city that are too close to power lines. They showed up in Nocita's backyard last week.

“They told me we're going to do some tree trimming and got to be 10 feet away from the power lines,” says Nocita.

“Well I already measured, it’s over 20 feet away from power lines."

All the remaining limbs and the weight of the tree itself sit squarely over his house. Nocita worries that in a storm, the 60 foot tree could end up on his roof.

“There's no resistance so the wind that comes out of the south and west is going to blow and push that tree towards the house."

An OPPD representative tells Channel Six News that before work is done, Asplundh is supposed to explain to the homeowner exactly what will be cut and why.

He also says any limbs that can pose a potential problem to line clearance can be cut, but it’s not sure if that happened in this case.

Nocita says he's left with an unsightly tree that will more than likely end up costing him money.

“When OPPD sends you a bill in the mail with that little thing that says plant a tree ask them where to plant it,” says Nocita.

“And you better plant one that doesn't get over 20 feet tall or they'll cut it down or butcher it."

For questions or concerns about your tree trimming call OPPD at 402-536-4131.

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