The News Review:
- ne answer to hurricane power woes: trimmed trees
- Napolitano tours hurricane-damaged Miss. coast
- Pitt Granted Audience with bama
ne answer to hurricane power woes: trimmed trees
“The most cost-effective fixes are going to be targeted ones. ”CenterPoint budgets about $21 million a year for routine vegetation management and homeowners regularly object to the utility’s tree trimming program. But the issues addressed by routine cutting “do not typically result in substantial hurricane benefits” according to the report. That’s because utilities tend to cut trees in their own rights-of-way or backyard trees with limbs that actually grow into power lines. Ike’s strong winds uprooted trees on private property that then fell across power lines and branches from faraway trees were stripped off and blew into the wires. The report suggests local utilities get more aggressive about tree management spending more time and money taking down dead and diseased trees — including those on private property — and identifying potential hazard trees that could be a problem during the next storm. But the report notes that homeowners often decline to permit utilities to remove diseased or hazard trees.
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Napolitano tours hurricane-damaged Miss. coast
The Associated Press
coast6 hours agoGULFPRT Miss. (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is turning her attention to the Mississippi Gulf Coast after surveying the recovery effort from Hurricane Katrina in New rleans. Napolitano is on her first visit to coastal areas slammed by the 2005 hurricane since joining President Barack bama’s cabinet. She’ll tour the Mississippi coast Friday by helicopter then talk about the recovery effort with Gov. While in New rleans Napolitano and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced millions in new funding for post-Katrina housing initiatives. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says 2364 families are still living in trailers mobile homes and hotel rooms.
Pitt Granted Audience with bama
San Francisco Chronicle
Brad Pitt was granted a private meeting with President Barack bama on Thursday to discuss the issue of Hurricane Katrina-hit New rleans La. The natural disaster left thousands of people homeless when the levees broke and flood water washed away massive swathes of residential areas in 2005. Pitt has played a major role in the rebuilding process in the state with his Make it Right Foundation providing funding for a number of re-housing schemes. And the movie star in Washington D.