• Community cleans up after storm downs trees

    By: Paige Hansen


    MATTHEWS, N.C. - Clean up continued Wednesday a day after up to 5 inches of rain fell in a matter of hours in the Charlotte region.
    Many neighbors are dealing with downed trees, and now a fear that the situation could be even worse the next time we get a storm.
    A decades-old pecan tree once was iconic to people in an east Charlotte neighborhood.
    “It’s how I tell people how to get to my house and my mom takes pictures in front of it,” Rodneya Hall said.
    Hall said she and her family are devastated to see last night’s storm split their tree in two.
    Crews came just before noon Wednesday to remove the downed tree that blocked traffic all morning and shattered the windshield of a nearby truck.
    “It is a fairly decent sized tree but this is normal when we get bad weather,” Jay Hamrick of Cadieu Tree Service said.
    That’s exactly what the area saw last night, up to 5 inches of rain in some areas, plus lightning and high winds.
    Another tree came crashing down on top of the vacant home next to where Todd Reid lives. 
    “It kind of makes me worry a little bit,” Reid said.
    When Channel 9 asked what he was worried about he said, “A tree falling on my house, mostly.”
    Reid said he gets his trees checked often, but after seeing the tree next door break right through the roof of this home, he says he’ll take even more precaution.
    Hamrick said the drought three years ago is also playing a role in all the trees that are coming down.
    When the ground gets saturated, the trees that got weak during the drought are more susceptible to falling.

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