Friday was a busy day for Public Works crews and private tree removal companies in the areas hit hardest by Thursday afternoon’s storms.
Work on remodeling and replacing the Crowley family’s roof had finished just hours before a large tree came crashing down on Thursday.
Fortunately, nobody was hurt because no one was in that part of the house at the time.
With a crane, wood chipper and leaf blower, Dave Mcallister’s crew from Ron’s Tree Removal spent the morning cleaning up the Crowley’s yard on Lindy Street.
“We had some heavy rains this morning which made it a little more difficult holding the metal chokers and everything,” Mcallister said, “but we got the job done.”
In Woodbridge, Public Works crews stayed out late into the night Thursday clearing away a number of fallen trees off town roads.
“You had to wait until the heavy rains subsided then go deal with the problems as they arose,” Public Works Director Warren Connors said.
Connors said homeowners should be proactive in protecting their property.
“The best thing they can do is have an arborist come in and inspect the trees prior to the storms and make an assessment of the trees,” he said.
But sometimes, as was the case Thursday, Mother Nature proves to be too powerful.
“When you have certain wind conditions, there’s no guarantee because the live healthy tree becomes just as vulnerable to one that’s dead,” Connors said.
Having seen the damage up close on the Crowley’s home in Milford, Mcallister knows the family is very fortunate.
“All the walls all collapsed, they all caved in,” he said. “They’re really lucky because someone would of gotten maybe killed because it was in the house.”
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