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STORM DAMAGE: Hundreds of Toppled Trees

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"I thought uh-oh, that tree's not supposed to be there."

Nila Campbell lost electricity, a tree and a portion of her roof during the storm.

Nick Gordon and his crew work for Wright Outdoor Solutions.  They're taking care of the tree.  Wright received 27 calls for tree service yesterday.  Campbell's tree is an especially tricky tree.

"It's hairy because it's over the house," says Gordon  "It's leaning against the house."

With the sharpest of saws, Gordon dismantles the tree piece by piece.

"It's not for the light of heart and it's certainly not a job - what we're doing here - is not for a homeowner to do himself," says John Griffiths, a Board Certified Master Arborist.

However, there are some things a homeowner can do to prevent a tree from snapping.

"A lot of the trees that have failed are large," says Griffiths.  "If those trees were pruned differently 20 or 30 years ago, they generally turn out to be pretty good trees in the long run."

Along with regular maintenance, regular inspections will also detect places where your trees may be stressed.

"A good arborist with a good eye can look into the future and say, this tree is going to fail at some point.  It might be next week and it might not be for five years, but we can often spot potential problems long before they happen."

Certain tree species are also weaker and more vulnerable under the weight of heavy snow.

"A lot of the species we've seen break are soft-wooded trees," says Griffiths.  There's a lot of correlation between fast growing trees and weak wood trees."

Campbell sees another correlation - winter weather and headaches.

"I don't like it.  I don't like winter.  I don't like snow.  So, that says it all."

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