JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — JEA might be in your neighborhood Tuesday, but for a good use. Production teams and professional contractors are working in all parts of Jacksonville, tree trimming in the midst of hurricane season.
The company says it’s to keep neighbors, like Josh Brown, safe.
“It’s nice being able to see clear ways down the streets, especially here in Springfield,” Brown said.
Every two and a half years, JEA does routine tree trimming for safe clearance around electrical lines, and during hurricane season JEA Forester Joe Anderson says it’s more important than ever.
“The more clearance we get on a routine basis, the better able our canopy is able to resist the storm damage or our ability to recover from storms,” Anderson said.
Maintenance is done in between that time. For now, production crews and contractors are out all day across Jacksonville, cutting the top area of the trees so they don’t touch the electrical lines.
Anderson says it’s to minimize community danger, while benefiting electrical service.
“If we weren’t here doing this, there would be a lot more problems in the community regarding electrical circuits and electrical hazards,” Anderson said.
As for Brown, he says foliage grows aggressively along his street and it’s something that needs to be done.
“They got to prevent the power line from touching the trees and get to the utilities they need,” he said.
JEA says it’s in charge of debris and will be cleaning up anything left behind.
It’s all to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store.
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