POWER OUTAGE LINE:  902-543-2502

Powerlines near your home.


Tree Trimming

A tree that is no higher than 4.57 metres (15 feet) and has 3.04 metres (10 feet) of horizontal clearance to a power line or utility pole is not a threat to the electrical system. This gives the tree enough room to sway with the wind or bend with the weight of snow and ice without threatening an outage.

Riverport Electric Light Commission’s (RELC) Responsibility

Tree/Limb Removal

Transmission Line

These wires are high voltage and dangerous. It is RELC’s responsibility to maintain safe clearance around these wires for the health of the electrical system. If you see a tree on or near these wires, please call us at 902-766-4890.

Distribution Lines

Emergency situations require RELC’s immediate attention. A tree laying on a power line can cause flickering lights in the home or damage to a utility pole and equipment. If you see this kind of situation, please call us immediately at 902-766-4890.

Homeowner’s Responsibility

Tree/Limb Removal

Electrical Testing

These wires require a contractor to complete the tree work needed around them. Please contact RELC to disconnect the power before the work commences.

Service Wire

A low-voltage service wire brings electricity from the street power pole through to a metal mast on your house, which belongs to you. Trees around service wires could damage your mast and cause a power interruption to your home. Trimming is your responsibility. Qualified contractors are able to work around service wires.

Communication Wire

Communication wires (with black insulation around them) are the lower wires that run along the street and into your house, transmitting phone, cable, and internet signals. These are not electrical wires. Trees around these wires do not threaten the electrical system.

Support Cables

Support cables provide physical support to utility poles. These are not electrical wires. Trees or bushes around these wires do not threaten the electrical system.

Source: This information was obtained from the Nova Scotia Power website.

Tree Trimming and Removal Contractor

RC Property Maintenance

RELC contracts Ryan Crouse at RC Property Maintenance to safely manage tree removal. Ryan can be reached at 902-514-0123.

  • Max. file size: 50 MB.


3808 Highway 332
Riverport, NS B0J 2W0


(902) 766-4890