Damaged Trees

By: Emily Brown Email
By: Emily Brown Email

The past weekend's wintry mix in the Valley left many without electricity, and a lot of debris to clean up afterward.

A lot of trees are now broken or bent, and in some case, that's a lot of money out the window.

After having been damaged by heavy ice, which brought them close to the snapping point, many trees are being fed to the shredder.

Although arborists say they try to salvage as many trees as they can, a lot of them just pose too much danger with the shape they're in after such a storm.

Arborists also say that while this recent storm took a heavy toll on evergreens and maples in particular, trees that were damaged by previous storms may also have to be taken down.

"Either they've lost large limbs, which can promote a lot of decay into the main stem of the tree, which would make it a hazard down the line, or you have damage the tree will never heal. Such as, large branches that just cracked and broke but didn't break all the way out," says John Jeffers, an arborist with Big O Tree Service.

Jeffers also says that certain sides of town had more damaged trees than others. Another factor was the speed at which the ice melted off the trees.

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