Public reminded to look for potential hazards in trees caused during storms

Sherry Martell
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TRURO - Trees heavily laden with ice from freezing rain earlier this week should be inspected for damage.
Andrew Williams, forest technician and municipal arborist, said he always encourages people to look up to see if there are any potential hazards lurking in trees.
"It doesn't take a very large piece of material falling from any height to cause significant damage," said Williams.
He said people should identify any broken branches, splits or separation from points of attachment and contact an arborist for advice on how to deal with any serious issues.
He said a number of tree species, such as grey birch, are very resilient and even though many were bent over like bows under the weight of ice they will probably straighten out on their own.
"Wet, heavy snow and freezing rain can increase the weight of branches by 30 to 40 per cent," said Williams.
Frost is anchoring root systems firmly in place at this time of year helping to prevent any tip-overs, traditionally a problem in high winds and wet weather.
Williams suggests people inspect trees on their property at least annually for their own safety and the safety of others.

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  • Slip Andfall
    January 18, 2010 - 10:06

    And keep your eye out for all the potholes and slippery sidewalks around Truro too!