LANSING -- December's ice storm outage wouldn't have been so bad had there not been so many downed trees and limbs on power lines. Just look around any neighborhood and the evidence is still there.
The Lansing Board of Water and Light is on a mission to get as many trees trimmed as possible as part of the 54 things it needs to do to reduce future restoration times.
Crews got started immediately after the outage, and haven't stopped since.
This past week, crews started cutting down trees and limbs in Moores Park Neighborhood. Spokesperson for BWL Amy Akers says crews are taking down anything that is a potential risk.
"After the ice storm we learned some things, so we've taking on a more proactive approach," said Akers.
Not only are BWL crews cutting down more, the number of tree-trimming crews has tripled. There are now at least 18 crews working every day.
Customers are supposed to be notified before any trimming takes place. Akers says they will receive a notice on their door if their trees will be trimmed or removed. A pink card will indicate the trees will be trimmed and yellow indicates removal. The trees will also be marked with a dot or "X" if they're to be trimmed or cut down respectively. Trees planned for removal may also be initially marked by tying on a red ribbon.
Crews say they will work with homeowners if they want anything specific to be done, all they have to do is come out and ask.
BWL will not get to all neighborhoods this year. The trimming is part of a new 5-year cycle for the city, compared to the 5 to 7-year cycle they had before the December ice storm.
Glencairn neighborhood in East Lansing will be one of the next neighborhoods to be trimmed.