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Trees And Your Service

Image of a tree in a yard that has been uprooted and fallen on a house.

Fallen trees and branches are one of the primary causes of electric power outages. To decrease the likelihood of outages or downed power lines, we trim trees and vegetation away from electric power lines, as well as remove brush and apply herbicides to areas. Trees near the electric power line that runs from the main power line to a home - called a service drop - are the property owner's responsibility. 

Tree Trimming

If you are concerned about tree growth near your service drop, please call 800.552.7583 to request and schedule an appointment to have your service disconnected so you can have a qualified professional safely trim your trees. Only qualified line clearance tree contractors are allowed to work within 10 feet of higher voltage lines. For a list of certified arborists in your area, visit the International Society of Arboriculture's website. 

 

Brush and Debris Removal

When our crews trim along distribution power lines for regular maintenance, the debris is normally removed from the property unless other arrangements are made with the property owner to leave the debris. In heavily wooded areas, debris is stacked along the right-of-way.  
 
When trees and branches are cleared from power lines due to storm damage or natural weaknesses, emergency crews will not clean up the debris, but will leave it for disposal by the property owner.
 
 

Private Trimming 

If a homeowner is contracting a private tree service to trim or remove a tree, Ameren Missouri will assist in making the tree safe for a qualified tree service to do its work. The debris will be left for the homeowner’s tree service to remove.

Wood Chips

After our contractors trim or prune trees during power line maintenance, the leftover trimmings are broken down into wood chips. These wood chips can be used for: 
   
Walking trails
Mulching
Parking areas
 

E-mail us if you are interested in receiving free wood chips. Please include your name, address and a daytime phone number in the email.