Updated: Thursday, 07 Feb 2013, 11:29 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 07 Feb 2013, 11:29 PM EST
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Toppled trees and power outages have been all too familiar during the last few storms. This time, both power companies and home owners are doing more to stay ahead of the snow.
It has been a busy day at K&J Tree Removal.
"We got about 30 calls today and they're still rolling in," said Jamie Chambrelli.
The Hamden tree trimmers say with the feet of snow in the forecast, people are trying to stay on top of the storm before trees topple over.
"People are just really worried with the high winds and high volume of snow that we're going to get. It's going to be a lot of down trees and power outages so everybody is very concerned," said Chambrelli. "A branch comes down it'll take out your electrical service with not a problem."
During the October Nor'easter in 2011, more than 800 thousand customers lost power. 700 thousand were in the dark during tropical storm Irene and some for more than a week.
Since then, United Illuminating and Connecticut Light & Power have made a number of changes to emergency response efforts. The pace of power restoration improved during Hurricane Sandy when 600 thousand customers lost electricity. Now they say they are ready for the snow.
"We're pre-staging our crews throughout the state so that there is less travel time for them during the height of the storm but yet they're close enough to quickly get to locations as they're needed," said Tricia Taskey Modifica of CL&P.
In a news conference Thursday, Gov. Malloy said additional crews are already on their way to Connecticut to help where needed.
"They are in the process of calling those individuals in and up and have plans to preposition crews. I will also tell you that you can't put a person up in a bucket truck while the wind is blowing at 40 miles per hour so even having those crews, we can't assure when they'll be able to do the work. They will respond obviously to emergency situations around hospitals and the like," said Gov. Malloy.
The state, power companies and home owners are preparing as best they can.
"You really need to be proactive in taking care of your trees prior to big storms and I feel as though people are a lot more proactive in it now since two hurricanes and a couple of October snow storms and such so I think people are more aware now," said Chambrelli.