Denver Parks & Recreation Warns of Additional Tree Harm from Successive Winter Storms – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4)– With Denver and the Front Range expecting another round of snow from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning, Denver Parks and Recreation is reminding residents that trees may take more damage after Friday’s storm. The City of Denver is reminding residents that owners are responsible for fallen trees and branches on their private property.

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Denver Parks and Recreation wants residents to be careful when removing snow from trees, especially near power lines.

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According to CBS4 meteorologist Ashton Altieri, the heaviest snow and worst conditions will be over the western suburbs of Denver and in the foothills and mountains of counties Boulder and Larimer. These locations were placed under a winter storm warning from Monday at 12 noon and Tuesday at 3 a.m.

Additional information from Denver Parks & Recreation:

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Tips for removing snow from trees:

  • Make sure the tree is safe and clear of all utility lines before removing snow. DO NOT attempt to shake snow off a tree with a utility line running through its branches or in contact distance
  • When the tree is clear of utility lines, use a broom to remove as much snow from the branches as possible by brushing or gently shaking it. Avoid large, rapid movements as this can cause the limb to break.
  • DO NOT attempt to climb a tree or use a ladder to clear snow

Fallen trees and branches:

  • If a fallen tree or branch needs to be removed to remove a road, call 311 to report the specific address of the location. The city will assess and prioritize the removal of the obstacle. If necessary, the city will remove the burden and the cost of the work will be charged to the responsible owner.
  • Owners are responsible for pruning and removing litter from trees that are on private property and are adjacent to their property under public right of way. DO NOT place branches in park paths or other public areas.
  • Residents can visit for a list of licensed and insured arborists

Disposal of branches

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  • The Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure collects a limited number of branches as part of its regular additional resident garbage collection service
  • Branches must be no larger than 4 inches in diameter, cut, bundled and tied into lengths of 4 feet or less, and weigh no more than 50 pounds
  • Customers can set up up to 10 bundles of branches for their planned additional garbage collection every 8 weeks
  • Denver residents can also drop off branches at the Cherry Creek Recycling drop-off center located near East Cherry Creek Drive South and South Quebec Street. For opening hours, see the city’s website at

Power lines / cables failed

  • Stay away from broken lines and report them immediately to Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-1999. If a failed power line makes contact with a tree or object, stay away and call 911 immediately.
  • Anyone who witnesses an emergency that requires immediate response should always call 911

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