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Storm Alert

With the fourth Nor’easter in nearly three weeks right on our door step, we have hundreds of crews positioned across the region should the storm impact our system. Remember to keep safety a priority – before, during and after the storm. Be sure to have a supply of bottled drinking water and canned food handy. Power problems can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well pumps. It is also a good idea to check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage period.

Diseased or overgrown trees can damage power lines and lead to outages. To ensure reliable service, we have extensive tree pruning and removal programs in place, but you may also be responsible for the upkeep of any vegetation near power lines on your property. Learn to identify the two types of power lines we use and be sure to follow our guidelines for planting and maintaining vegetation accordingly.

Distribution Lines

Transmission lines are large wooden or steel poles that transfer high-voltage power, and often run across the landscape or behind homes. Because these lines carry such high voltages, National Grid has established rights of way (ROWs) where vegetation growth around transmission lines is strictly regulated to prevent damage. If you have transmission lines on your property, you can find more about our operational programs and your responsibilities below:

Information for Landowners Along our Transmission Lines

Questions about tree maintenance?

Call us at 1-800-322-3223.

Report an Outage

Call us at 1-800-465-1212 or report it online