ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- After months and months of resistance from some Rockville homeowners, utility crews for Pepco were able to cut down some trees they believe threatened power lines, but not without help from an unlikely source.
To help them cut down the trees Thursday, Pepco hired a security escort to make sure homeowners didn't get in the way.
"What we'd done in the past is when they'd go up in the trees and start cutting, three, four, five, eight, nine, whatever, would get under the trees and we'd say go away and they would," Donn Layne, a homeowner said.
But the security escort blocked that strategy.
"They barricade the whole area. We couldn't do anything. with the policemen around there. we're losing it," Howard Siemers said. "You've got enough people annoyed that they have to bring police protection in to do this - there's something wrong."