|The leaning pine before the clean up started|
Everyone seems to have the blues. Things have been crazy after the hurricane (and then there was that unexpected hospital stay the week before the storm). We are all on edge, it seems.
At least the number of calls for the fire department have decreased. The week after the storm, as trees were coming down, we had many calls for broken gas and electrical lines. All the utilities are under ground, but as trees uprooted, they broke gas and electrical lines.
One of the strangest call was for a burning palm tree. The owners of the house had no idea why it was burning but it was burning all up the trunk. We pulled a one inch line and started to douse the tree, then the fireworks started. The problem was the electrical lighting in the ground (which were covered with saw dust from another tree that had been removed). The wires were damaged and shorting out, causing the fire. When water started soaking the ground, the sparks started. Certainly one of the more interesting fire calls.
In addition to my volunteer work, I have also been teaching graduate class at a local university. It is my first time teaching on this level and I'm enjoying the class but it is requiring a lot from me so some things have to slide and blogging in one of them. So with that excuse, I will post a photo essay from one of our trees that was dangerously leaning after the storm. It cost $1500 to remove this tall pine and a smaller maple that was dying.
|This was a big tree|
|Topping out the tree|
|Piecing down the trunk|
a crane lowered each piece
|The limbs were feed into a shredder...|
One of the workers told me bodies had to be frozen
or they made a mess!
|The stump grinder|
|Chewing up the tree|
|Finishing up with the maple stump|
(I"m still waiting for the county to pick up stuff in the yard)