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Utility companies: don't shake snow from covered trees near power lines

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Tree branches are down all over the area, the weight of recent snow causing them to crack and fall.

Tree services say they have had a lot of calls from people who say they have trees falling in their yards or even on their houses after Sunday's snow.


Days later you can still see trees bending from the weight -- even near power lines. Utility companies say you should not try to clear the snow from the trees.

"Don't touch it," said Justin Foss, Alliant Energy Spokesperson. "Don't try and do it. Don't try and take care of the tree yourself. If you see snow and ice on those power lines, don't touch those and try to knock it off. Just let it be."

Instead, let Mother Nature take care of it. The sun will eventually melt the snow and the wind is already knocking some of the snow off. It may look concerning but Alliant Energy says they haven't seen major outage problems since the snow fell.

Still, if you're concerned, you can call them.

"If you think something looks abnormally wrong, if the power line looks abnormally low, if the tree is touching it, of course give us a call," said Foss. "We'll come out and take care of it."


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