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Trees and Power Lines

Trimming trees and other vegetation away from power lines can prevent many power outages.

There are thousands of trees across CWLP’s electric service territory, which beautify and add benefit to our community. Although most trees do not present a problem, some of them have been planted too close or even directly under power lines. When greenery becomes too close to power lines trimming is necessary to prevent power outages. Beyond outage concerns, trees in proximity to power lines are a fire and safety risk, can cause electric system damage, and cause the lights in your house to flicker.

Lines that are clear of branches, limbs and other types of debris make it easier and safer for Electric Crews to access lines and make repairs. When clearing around lines, tree trimming crews make sure proper pruning techniques are used to preserve tree health as much as possible.

To report trees or limbs in conflict with CWLP electric lines (non-emergency), please call 217.321.1407 or email For emergencies and 24-hour service contact Electric Dispatch at 217.789.2121.

To report other tree trouble for those on City Right of Way and not in conflict with electric lines, please contact the City of Springfield’s Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or

See where CWLP’s line clearance program will be trimming this year:
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