Trim your trees to prevent power outages

Updated: Jun. 28, 2018 at 4:00 PM CDT
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BENTON, MO (KFVS) - Because of the storms, thousands have been without power recently.  Most of the outages in the Heartland have been reportedly due to fallen tree limbs.

Glen Cantrell with SEMO Electric said in Missouri trees are not supposed to be planted within 15 feet on a power line on either side. But, if you've moved into an area with trees or vegetation already planted close to lines be sure to trim it.

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He said every year crews go to different areas trimming trees away from the power lines.

"I know sometimes that makes people not too happy but we're doing that for a reason because we want less interruptions as possible; and so when the storm comes through and things like this happen when trees are too close to the power lines and it poses a problem," said Cantrell.

Cantrell also wants to remind you if you have a ground transformer not to cover it with plants because it can also cause problems.

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