Recent rain causes more trees to fall in Knox County

Recent rain causes more trees to fall in Knox County

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Tree crews have been busy in recent weeks because of the excessive rains. Tree crews have been busy in recent weeks because of the excessive rains.
"Check if there are any kind of mushrooms or anything growing around it. That's a sign of disease in the tree," said Wesley Burgin of A1 Wilson Tree Service. "Check if there are any kind of mushrooms or anything growing around it. That's a sign of disease in the tree," said Wesley Burgin of A1 Wilson Tree Service.
Burgin says to keep an eye for trees that are within distance of falling on your home. Burgin says to keep an eye for trees that are within distance of falling on your home.
Exposed roots are another sign a tree may fall. Exposed roots are another sign a tree may fall.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With recent rains saturating the ground, trees in our area can be uprooted with only a small gust of wind.

When storms rolled through the area Wednesday, several trees were reported down in Knoxville.

In East Knoxville, were reported down on Louise Avenue, Garfield Avenue, and Selma Avenue.

Workers with A1 Wilson Tree Service were busy Thursday cleaning up a tree that fell on a Louise Avenue home.

Wesley Burgin, co-owner of A1 Tree Service, says since the ground is so saturated, it is important to look for signs that your trees may fall over.

"You can look and see if there is any dead in the tree," said Burgin, "Make sure it has a bunch of leaves, and also you can check the bottom and check if there are any kind of mushrooms or anything growing around it. That's a sign of disease in the tree."

Burgin also says it is a smart idea not to have any trees in your yard that could hit your house if they did fall.

He says unfortunately there are times you will not know when a tree will fall.

The fear of falling trees prompted one viewer to call and report some potentially dangerous trees on Mourfield Road in West Knox County.

"Every time I go down Mourfield, I'm afraid they are going to fall on my car," said resident Nora Messing.

There are three large trees on the road where the roots are exposed from eroding dirt.

"What we will do is we'll look at it, establish what kind of hazard it may pose," said Knox County Highway Department assistant director Jim Snowden. "Is it dead? Is it leaning?"

Snowden says he will put a work order in Thursday to check out the trees there.
     
"With all the rain we've had, it doesn't take much wind at all to push them right on over," he said.

If you are concerned about trees in your yard falling over, many tree companies will give you a free estimate.

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