Greensboro residents upset over Duke Energy tree trimming

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- People who live in Greensboro's Westerwood neighborhood are preparing for Preservation Greensboro's annual Tour of Homes and Gardens.

Unfortunately Duke Energy's tree-cutting efforts in the area are upsetting some of the people who were supposed to participate in the tour.

Some of the trees look strange now, and homeowner Neill Clegg said part of his garden was trampled while crews removed trees and limbs.

"What we were told by Duke Power was they won't touch any of your shrubbery. Well, they stepped all over some of these oak leaf hydrangeas. It's not that they aren't still above ground, but they've been damaged," Clegg pointed out.

Clegg said he hired a private arborist months ago, at Duke Energy's suggestion, to advise which limbs were too close to power lines. They had those limbs removed. But Clegg said Duke Energy was back this week to cut down more.

The process requires the company to turn off power, so neighbors complained it was slowing down their ability to complete renovations and decorating ahead of the tour.

Duke Energy District Manager Davis Montgomery told FOX8 they apologized for any property damage and would work to rectify it. He says they were notified of the tour last week. In response to complaints, Montgomery said they ceased work in the area and will reschedule it for after the tour.


  • Kennith Thomas

    No problem, just don’t trim the trees and when the powerlines come down let Richie Rich pay out of his pocket to have their power restored.

  • Chucky

    I understand that they have to trim trees but they are making very poor decisions on how to do it. I don’t even have trees near power lines and they drove about 80 feet into my drive way onto my grass and did a 5-6 point turn on my grass destroying my yard. The were accessing the trees on my neighbor’s lot and he has a drive way on the other end of the line of trees. They didn’t even need to use my drive way. They did come out and “fix it”. They poured a couple bags of dirt into the ruts and threw grass seed down. I still have a mess to fix. They should have asked me before driving those large trucks (3 of them) onto my property… well beyond their right of way I might add.

    • Tree man

      And you are welcome for the heat In the winter and AC in the summer!!! TV at night, hot water to wash your clothes and take a shower. Power to cook a meal on a stove. Power to keep you food cold in a refrigerator… You’re welcome for the nights at 2am during an ice storm to restore power all because people think their trees are more important that’re welcome for the nights spent away from wives and children just so you do t freeze to death.. But.. Sorry about the grass!!!

  • Treeman

    You get this all the time from these up tight,, better than you type. They don’t understand if their tree causes an outage. It’s not just their home without power. Who will be the first to call in about an outage??? You guessed it!!! Ol whinny pants himself..

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