Weather Wise: Falling Timber

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Over the past week we have had several thunderstorms in the Helena area. Trees can get struck by lightning, but they also can be blown down by the strong wind gusts these storms bring. A city arborist explains what to do if you find yourself yelling out timber in this week's Weather Wise.

City Arborist, Jason Herberger says during the summer season, he really has his work cut out for him.

"Every time the wind blows trees are falling down, limbs are coming out of them. You know we'd like to be out on our productive pruning list , but we spend a lot of our time chasing broken limbs and storm damage.”

So what do you do if a tree falls in your yard?   If it's a city tree, call the Parks Department and they'll clean up the debris.

"City trees are the trees growing in the strip between the street and the sidewalk, the boulevard it's called.”

If the tree is on your property or your neighbor's property, he says it's not in the city's jurisdiction.

"You need to call one of the local tree services, preferably an ISA certified arbor".

But he says if a tree growing from private property is blocking your sidewalk or the road, the city can step in to help.

“It will be your responsibility to clear the debris, but we will clear the right of way."

Herberger says the best way to make sure you never find yourself in this situation is by spending time checking your trees for weaknesses.

'Listen to it when the wind blows. You know when the wind's blowing go out, watch, watch the tree and listen. If you hear creaking that doesn’t sound normal, pops and snaps, then give somebody a call and have them come out and take a look."

So now you're a little more Weather Wise.


Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
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