Tree trim crews were in the Southfield neighborhood of Northampton tidying up trees that have grown dangerously close to overhead power lines. During heavy storms, power disruptions can occur due to branches getting tangled up with electrical wires. This may also pose a safety hazard to pedestrians. Our team removed the overgrown tree limbs near 11 Mile Road and Rackham Street, improving the community’s service reliability and pedestrian safety during inclement weather. 

In late 2021, DTE made a $90 million investment to accelerate its tree trimming efforts across the communities it serves to help prevent outages during heavy storms. You can read more about that initiative here. Highlights include:    

  • Accelerating tree trimming work for the communities hardest hit by storms last fall    
  • Trimming 5,700 miles of trees near power lines — more than the distance from Detroit to Hawaii — in the last year alone
  • Increasing our tree trim workforce by 30% 

If trees are creating a safety hazard near your residence, please report it to DTE. If trees are growing near the lines, but aren’t causing an immediate safety issue, they’ll be trimmed in accordance with our ongoing maintenance schedule.