Call Before You Dig
Before you dig, drill, blast, or excavate, call for a free "locate." free underground wiring location. Call Alaska Digline at 907-278-3121 in Anchorage, or statewide at 1-800-478-3121.
Whether you are planting trees or shrubs or building a porch or fence, you need to call to stay safe. When you contact Alaska Digline, MEA and other utilities are notified so they can identify whether they have underground facilities at the excavation site. Locators will either mark the area or notify you that the area is clear. Remember, electric power lines, natural gas pipelines, communications lines, and other utility services could be within a few feet of the surface. Digging into an underground electric line can cause power outages and personal injury from shock or electrocution. Calling before you dig can not only save you money from a damage claim, it can also save your life.
Tree TrimmingIf you are thinking of cutting some trees in your yard, MEA will remove dangerous trees that grow outside of the right-of-way but still pose a threat to power lines. Just call one of our Customer Service offices. This is a free service MEA provides to our members.
For those members who are interested in landscaping their properties but are concerned about planting trees near the power lines, MEA's resident arborist, Bill Jardel, has put together a list of trees that can safely be planted within the areas approaching power lines. The list is available at all MEA offices.
Our members are also invited to visit the Rehor Arboretum across the street from our Palmer District Office. The Arboretum was planted in 1997 to showcase various types of trees that are safe to plant within designated areas bordering power lines. For more information call your local MEA district office.