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November 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Power outages: City needs to use more common sense in tree maintenance

First major wind storm of the season last week and the first round of major power outages hit [“Winds leave thousands in dark,” Local News, Oct. 25]. Looking at the City of Seattle’s outage map, trees are usually always the root cause.

Why can’t the city be more proactive about keeping tree growth in check? A quick look around my neighborhood shows heavy branches lying on power lines, trees with long limbs encroaching on homes and streets, and large trees with shallow root systems teetering on hill sides.

When residents try to be responsible on their own properties, they are met with the brick wall that is the city arborist. In the event of damage or even death caused by this failure to be responsible, isn’t the city opening itself up to legal action?

No one is saying cut down all trees, but a bit of common sense would be appreciated. Stop leaving residents in the dark.

Natalie Timms, Seattle

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