Trimming trees away from power lines is necessary to provide safe, dependable electric service to our customers. Clearing our utility right of way helps keep vegetation out of our lines and equipment.

Why does Starkville Utilities clear trees away from power lines?

Trees can disrupt power in a number of ways. For example, trees can grow into electrical equipment or fall across power lines, causing outages. To provide safe, reliable service, Starkville Utilities must prune trees along power lines.

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Why is it important to cut tree limbs away from power lines?

Tree limbs can conduct power under certain conditions if they come in contact with power lines. If you see a fallen tree in contact with a power line, contact Starkville Utilities at 662-323-3133. No one should climb trees that are in the vicinity of power lines. Serious injury or death may result from climbing a tree and making direct contact with or coming too close to an energized line.

How does clearing trees prevent power outages?

Trees and limbs are one of the most common causes of power outages. One tree limb can knock out power to hundreds of customers. Trees also can delay the restoration of service when outages occur.

How will removing trees and limbs affect my service?

If trees have caused your power to go out or your lights to flicker, your service will improve. Clearing trees reduce outages and help prevent outages when there is severe weather.

Can I trim the trees by power lines myself?

You never should attempt to trim or remove tree limbs near or adjacent to power lines. If you have a concern, please report it online at or call 662-323-3133. We use only trained and licensed professionals to clear trees away from our power lines. Serious injury or even death can happen to untrained individuals.

What do I do if I do not want my trees trimmed?

It is our responsibility to provide our customers with safe, reliable power. We also understand the beauty that trees add to all of our neighborhoods. If you have concerns about the tree trimming that will happen on your property, please call 662-323-3133 and we will discuss options with you.

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