NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Some of the limbs are shorter on a centuries-old Oak tree sitting in Penny Jones' yard and she's not happy about it.
Crews working under contract for Duke Energy Progress are clearing the area around power lines. A spokeswoman for the company said any branches within 15 feet of the lines need to be removed.
"Our first obligation is safety," Paige Layne said.
But Jones said she hasn't had trouble with her massive tree and its overarching limbs in the 16 years that she's lived on Friendly Shores Road.
"It was the whole reason we picked this house," she said. "The tree has just such a history."
Utility crews canvass neighborhoods in advance, before any work is done. Layne said contact information is provided for anyone who might have questions about the process.
"They should not be surprised when we arrive at their door," she said.