Neighbors concerned with tree branches hitting power lines, sparking

A local woman is concerned because her neighbors have let their trees grow close to a power line, and now it’s sparking — but she’s having trouble getting anyone to do anything about it.

“It’s scary even when the wind starts blowing anything,” said homeowner Annemarie Rader. “I just go in the house; I don’t want to be out here.”

When it’s very windy out, she fears disaster will strike her home near Juan Tabo and Candelaria.

Since last fall, she has repeatedly asked PNM to trim a neighbor’s overgrown mulberry trees. She says the branches hit their power lines.

Footage Rader caught on camera shows huge electrical flashes lighting up her yard.
“It was very scary and I was just like, ‘Oh my goodness,’ and it just kept happening over and over like every five minutes it would do that again,” said Rader.

Still, no one’s done anything about it.

“A PNM employee finally came out; came into the backyard; and he said that’s not their deal anymore – they don’t do cutting of the trees,” said Rader.

That was a month ago.

She says she was also told by PNM that it was her neighbor’s responsibility, and to call the fire department if there are any more sparks.

“I’m afraid that the line will come down in the backyard and have a live wire in our backyard and we have two little dogs,” said Rader.

However, PNM’s web site clearly states, “PNM routinely inspects trees that interfere with power lines and trims them on a planned schedule.”

Initially, PNM spokesperson Dan Ware also told KRQE News 13 that Rader’s neighbor is responsible. But that neighbor, who is renting, says that should be his landlord’s job. 

“No one’s come out [to trim them] and the holidays are coming up soon, so we’re just afraid that it’s very dangerous,” said Rader.

PNM refused a request for a camera interview. After our calls, they went out to the property again and have now submitted a work order to deal with the trees.

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