Lack of Tree Trimming by DTE can lead to Power Outages!

Tree catches fire due to lack of DTE tree trimming

Last year the Grosse Pointe Woods tree trimming manager was at my home to advise me on a tree in front of my home (on the city side). The tree branches were getting too close to my home and I was concerned that the tree could come down in a storm. He allowed certain branches to be trimmed back. I paid for the trimmming myself since I had other trees that needed trimming.

I told him about a tree growing through the power lines at 856 North Brys. He stated that DTE is responsible for trimming those trees. He informed me that DTE was schedules to come through the area in the next few weeks to trim trees near power lines. That was LAST YEAR! No trimming was ever done.

Last week my power went off for about 15 minutes and came back on. When I looked outside ... the tree at 856 North Brys had caught FIRE! The house next to me 699 S Brys said he had called and DTE stated "that tree was on the list to be trimmed". I went online to file a complaint with DTE. I DO NOT want a power outage due to lack of maintenance on DTE's part.

Warning to those in this area... PLEASE contact DTE as this could cause another outage in Grosse Pointe Woods. Photos are attached of the tree in question.

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Gloria July 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM
UPDATE: DTE contacted me on Thursday with the following email... Dear Gloria: Thank you for contacting us about the trees near your residence. We are glad to assist you. Alerting us to the problem will help us to address it before outages are caused. Thank you for your inquiry. We are glad to assist you with your concerns regarding your tree trimming request. A tree trimming request was made for the tree located at 853 N Brys Dr Grosse Pointe Woods MI 48236. This request was recorded on 7-17-12, please expect a DTE field resource to arrive within 48-72 business hours from that date for analysis and/or repairs. Our Dispatch center is aware of this situation and as soon as a crew becomes available, they will be dispatched to the location. Thank you for using www.dteenergy.com and the opportunity to be your energy provider. Have a great day. Sincerely, Kaisa DTE Energy E-Care Team
MRSPirateLarz September 13, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Did DTE ever come out and trim the tree?
Gloria September 13, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Yes, they did. I get better results by contacting DTE online. Other contacts were made to DTE via phone with no contact back to the homeowner who lived behind the subject property with a resolution - other than it was scheduled to be trimmed. I would recommend that contact be made to DTE via website and NOT phone calls. You will get better results that way! I will post a photo of what the tree looks like now... Stand by...


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