Trees are a significant part of Drumheller's landscape, but they have the potential to cause power outages.

If trees are planted too close to power lines they can become a safety hazard.

"As the trees grow we are required to keep the brush away from a power line conflict and so we have a regular program going through the Town of Drumheller right now," said Alan Gano,  ATCO Electric's District Manager for East Central Alberta.

Trees should not be planted closer than 5 metres from the base of a power pole to ensure safety.

"We love our trees, we don't have a lot and we work with the communites and the customers as best we can to remove the hazards and work on a plan together," explained Gano. "Ideally, we hope that trees are planted such that they won't come in conflict with power lines."

Gano added that if anyone spots a tree near a power line that could be hazardous, they should contact ATCO Electric rather than taking matters into their own hands.

"We try to work with people as best we can and it is difficult at times because we all love our trees," admitted Gano.

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