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Weekend roundup: Tree troubles

As we mentioned last week, we've started a weekend roundup to capture more of the interesting gripes and feedback we're getting from readers. So without further ado, let's jump in:

An item we posted Wednesday about a poplar growing perilously close to power lines on Orchid Street in NW D.C. drew some interesting stories from folks. A reader named ironsnob wrote that he or she lives in a house right in front of the tree:

"...Seeing that tree is a daily cause of apprehension. Why? Because:
It drops large branches on a regular basis (so we can no longer park our car in front of our house)
It caught fire during a rainstorm, due to a power line touching the branches, causing the power to go out
It caught fire during a wind storm due to power lines rubbing against the tree, showering the street with sparks (you can see where it caught fire - look for the orange plastic sleeve put on the power line to prevent the power line from touching the tree). Again, this caused the power to go out.
It has pushed up the sidewalk so that it really is not safe for people with walking difficulties to walk over that part of the sidewalk.
And last but not least, one day I was under the tree talking to a friend, and it dropped a branch on my head!"

Ouch! Now, that's a real problem tree. Hopefully, Pepco and D.C. can address this issue. Reader anwylyd chimed in with his or her own story of woe related to trees and power lines:

"I can top this story. On [the] Rockville Pike access road (Bellevue drive intersection in Bethesda) a huge Locust tree branch came down in July and is held up by power lines. The top of the branch overhangs the Pike; when it takes down the wires it will crash onto the northbound lane and take out some cars as well. I reported this at the time to Pepco (phone call); no action. I have pictures."

That sounds truly dangerous. The Gripe has forwarded your complaint to a Pepco spokesman. We'll keep you updated on what we hear back. In the mean time, anwlyd can you forward us photos of the problem and some more details about exactly location?

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 27, 2010; 2:49 PM ET
Categories:  Unfixed , Weekend roundup  
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