Nov 29, 2014 9:44 PM

Tree trouble plagues Nashua neighborhood when it comes to power

NASHUA - As nearly 9,000 people remained without power late Saturday night in New Hampshire, attention in one Nashua neighborhood is on a pine tree that's been causing trouble for decades.

"It's caused power outages almost every winter ... at least, sometimes - multiple times," said Cindy Kelly, who owns a home on Lancaster Drive.

Her husband, Jim, said he saw the troubles firsthand yet again this year.

"The upper wire - there was a branch hanging off the upper wire, and it was touching the next wire down from there. And that's Thursday, that was pretty scary," he said.

After this week's storm, falling branches took out the wire that runs power to Thomas Woodward's home on Nottingham Drive.

The tree is closest to Woodward's property, but there's been debate as to whether or not it is on city or private property.

"We're going to get it out of here," Woodward said.

The fallen limbs ripped Woodward's electric meter off his home, and damaged some of the molding along his roof.

Despite the tree's haunted past, Woodward didn't expect so much destruction.

"I thought my son fell out of bed but I look out the window after I found out he wasn't even in his room. The tree had landed on our fence," he said.

Crews from PSNH arrived to try and get Woodward back on the grid later this afternoon.

In the meantime, Woodward still has cable television - and has been running some of his electronics on a generator to keep his family occupied.

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