Homeowners, crews work to clear away trees after storms

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 30, 2015) – Heavy rainfall left a mess in many central Indiana neighborhoods. Now, residents are working to clean up fallen trees and limbs.

On the north side of Indianapolis, some homeowners called in arborists to check on the trees on their properties after limbs snapped during the latest round of storms. One man learned he will have to take down the whole tree in his front yard because it is now compromised.

“It’s always better to strategically remove a tree that, you know, needs to come out than let mother nature do it and just rip it out unceremoniously,” said Lance Lantz, from Superintendant for the Streets and Storm Water Department of Zionsville.

Zionsville crews were busy this week clearing out trees knocked down by moving water.  The stretch from Willow Road to Temple Avenue was closed off for much of Monday.

“Obviously I think everyone understands that this year has been pretty unusual with the amounts and the frequency of intense rain falls we’ve gotten,” Lantz said.

Current rainfall totals for our area are at nearly double the average for the month.  Lantz said trees with signs of decay or death are particularly vulnerable during this time.

“A lot of these times, a tree may look whole until it comes down and you realize it’s been hollow on the inside, which was the case of one of these trees,” Lantz said. “Even the bark can look substantial on the outside, but still have cavities on the inside.”

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