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07/30/03

Dealing with Fallen Trees

This tree blocked Victory Drive Sunday. This tree blocked Victory Drive Sunday.

Every day for the past week, we've seen huge trees coming down during the afternoon storms. Just why does this keep happening? And are you in danger of having a tree damage your property? WTOC got some tree advice from an expert, who say it's a problem they haven't seen a lot of in the past few years because of the drought.

"It's been calm, we have been trying to keep trees from dying, now we are trying to keep them from drowning," said Kevin Brown of the Savannah Park and Tree Commission. Brown says trees fail for different reasons. Some because they have defects that are brought out by the storm, others because of development.

"Landowners will come in and lay over the root system, put soil over it, basically suffocate the root system, and it will begin to decay," Brown explained.

So you run into problems like fallen trees blocking major roads or causing damage to property. If you don't want a big beautiful tree to fall on your house or property, there are precautions you can take and people that can help for free.

"To advise you on the health of your trees, the county extension service or the Georgia Forestry will come and evaluate your yard," Brown explained.

Then it's up to you to call an expert to have the tree removed. You also need to keep an eye on your trees for anything out of the ordinary.

"If your tree has an unusual lean, canker sore, or anything unusual, you probably need to call an expert in," said Brown.

Brown says if a tree does fall on your house or near your property, don't try to move it yourself. It won't be as easy as it may look, so have a professional take care of it.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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