After a weekend of storms, the Public Works department was out at dawn clearing debris and working with Ameren. As more storms are forecast, it’s important to remember to be safe around downed power lines. Ameren offers these tips when lines are down in your area:
- If you see downed power lines, stay at least 10 feet away, warn others and call Ameren to report the location.
- Never drive over a downed power line or touch any electrical power lines. Keep your family and pets away from the lines.
- If a tree or branch falls on an electric line, call Ameren to report the location.
- DO NOT remove a tree limb or other object from a power line. Electricity can travel through objects, especially when they are wet.
- Don't attempt to rescue someone who makes contact with a downed power line - you could become a victim yourself. Call 911.
- Stay away from anything a downed power line comes in contact with, including fences or trees.
- Remember, it's hard to tell the difference between an electric line, a telephone line or a cable line. Treat any line as an energized and dangerous line.
If additional storms affect the trees in your area, remember that tree limbs and branches should be tied using natural fiber twine. They should be no longer than 4 feet, no greater than 4 inches in diameter, and no heavier than 60 pounds.
If you need a tree service to remove a fallen tree or large branches, we offer a list of licensed tree services on our website. Click here for their names and contact information.