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Tree limbs wreak havoc on power lines after snowstorm

Posted at 8:52 PM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 21:52:26-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thousands are still without power in the Kansas City area after a winter storm blanketed the metro with snow.

KCP&L said a lot of the damage they're seeing are lines that connect from the power poles to customers’ homes. A majority of the damage caused by tree limbs.

According to a KCP&L educational video , they inspect their power lines every two to three years to make sure trees aren't interfering with them.

They'll trim them every four to five years.

"I'm not familiar with any other utilities program but we're pretty aggressive with our tree trimming," McDonald said.

In KCK, they were dealing with just a handful of outages on Monday. The Board of Public Utilities attribute their success to the proactive steps they take.

While they conduct inspections on three-and five-year cycles, they inspect their main transmission lines every year.

They also trim limbs 20 to 30 feet from the lines.

"Tree trimming is not always popular with the public when we're out there trimming those trees. 'What are you doing to our beautiful trees?' But in the same token they're pretty thankful to have a warm house when there's a big storm," David Mehlhaff, chief communications officer for BPU said.

We checked in Independence Power and Light Tree Trimming Program . According to a spokesperson, trees along the power lines are trimmed approximately fifteen feet away on a five-year cycle.

If you need to report a power outage, click here or call 1-888-544-4852.

For those without power, the United Way of Greater Kansas City compiled a list of warming centers around the city. To find one near you, call 211.