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Will You Cut Down Trees Before the Next Storm Hits?

Or did Sandy take down the only ones you're worried about?

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many in the area were left to cut up fallen trees in their yard, on their homes, and on their cars while municipal and light crews worked to remove those which had fallen on utility lines.

In fact, it was extensive damage done by downed trees that kept many areas, especially in hard-hit neighborhoods in St. James, Stony Brook, Port Jefferson and Sound Beach, in the dark for two weeks.

But for those trees that beared the storm, the question remains: will they be the next to fall? Such was the case for lots of trees across Long Island in the days following Sandy, after a nor'easter swept through the region and toppled many already tipping in soggy soil.

Will you be getting ahead of the next storm before it hits and cutting some trees down, or do you think the recent storms have knocked out the biggest ones on your property? Have you already cut some hazardous trees down in the yard? Are you worried that another strong storm might before it's too late? Is the expense what's keeping you back.

Let us know what you're doing to protect your property from hazardous trees, limbs and more in the comments section.

Cindy Halpern November 26, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I see trees being cut down or trimmed all around me. This should have been done before by the town or city. Many people would not have lost power or have been killed had this been done.
NDA Kitchens and Construction November 26, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Removing hazardous trees is a great idea to protect your property, but be careful not to take on a bigger job than you can personally handle. Be sure to hire a licensed and insured professional for large trees that you're not prepared for cutting.
Bebe November 26, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Well, there's one across the street from my house that is on town property that is so damaged after Sandy/ the Nor'easter that it's only a question of "when" not "if" it will come down. And when it does, it will pull down power lines and fall across a busy street. But I suppose the Town has forgotten about that one by now.
mona November 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Yes, I want to take down large tree on my front lawn. Hubby says it gives us shade....
Gene O'Brien November 26, 2012 at 05:53 PM
We had a large twin-trunk oak fall onto the house, doing significant damage. Several years before, we had taken down another large tree on the property which turned out to have been rotted all the way through the center (and was probably one good wind away from coming down on the house as well). We've already talked to our tree folks about coming in and evaluating a few of the trees that are very large and near the house. Lots of old trees may LOOK healthy, but many of them may be rotted in the center, and therefore, much weaker and susceptible to breakage and fall in a storm.
Nesconset Dude November 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Cutting down all the trees is by no means a solution. Besides, you can cut your trees down to satisfy a certain level of paranoia only to have the one from your neighbor's yard smash through your fence or roof. Take down the unhealthy ones and replace them with a suitable alternative.
Henry Powderly (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Can you tell me where exactly this tree is, Bebe?
Dave M. November 26, 2012 at 06:38 PM
It's a good idea to take down hazardous trees, but it's frequently difficult to identify them unless they are completely dead. If you look around town, you'll see many downed trees that look fine superficially, but are hollow inside from rot or insect damage. There's really no way to know that these trees are at-risk until they fall.
Concerned Comamck Citizen November 26, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I plan on taking one down now before the lax Town of Huntington finishes the clean-up so I can leave it in the street. What will happen tomorrow if the Huntington needs to be plowed?
Chris November 26, 2012 at 08:19 PM
All the large hollow trees on my property are "town trees" within 8 feet of the curb. I have been calling the town for years asking them to remove the trees that are infested with ants and house squirrels and owls since they are hollow. They refuse to remove them since they are not dead and we are not allowed to cut them down since they are technically town property. It is very frustrating since I have at least 3 more trees that will come down if we have another Sandy.
Gene O'Brien November 26, 2012 at 08:40 PM
A good tree service can check the safety of any given tree. They can take core samples when needed, so you can tell if the tree is rotted out and ready to fall, or if it's healthy. I'm not advocating removing all the trees - just the dangerous ones. That's what we'll be doing.
Captain Howard Hawrey November 26, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I reccomend Streef Tree Service for the Miller Place - Rocky Point Area. Great people who provide a great service!
new guy November 26, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Chris, that's not always true. 8' from the curb does not always cover town trees. Check your zoning. Some streets ion st James have trees touching the curb and they are not town trees.
Argile November 26, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I have this giant oak in front of my house entwined in the wires. Right next to that tree is a big ole' transformer on a pole. Fortunately the tree is healthy and I'm guessing the roots are wide spread which is why it never came down after 2 hurricanes. But if I see signs of it's life ending you can be sure I'm gonna be calling someone to take this tree down because if it goes down the whole blocks electrical grid is going with it.
LivingSmall November 27, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Can a homeowner put their Town on notice if they fail to remove a dangerous tree which is on the town's right-of-way? Does a homeowner have any recourse?
new guy November 27, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Sure. It's the same with damaged sidewalks. Don't just make a phone call. Try certified mail.
Chris November 27, 2012 at 09:51 AM
The town sent their people out here with tape measures and asked to see my property survey. All the trees in question were found to be town trees but they said since they were "still alive" and would not remove them.
Justin Time November 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Worry and procrastination get you nowhere. No one can predict which tree will fall. A dead tree can easily outlast a healthy tree. It is the high wind that twists the upper part of the tree and causes it to topple. If worry is the issue, then we should cut down all the trees on Long Island!
Tom Dewick November 27, 2012 at 01:29 PM
You're spamming the Patch?
Tim Trautman November 27, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Until we have buried cables, downed trees will continue to be a huge problem. The utility companies must take the lead in initiating this long, expensive and inconvenient step or we will forever have to live with this predictable disaster forever.
Had Enuf! November 27, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Forget the trees for now Let's agree to bombard COACH with emails asking them to stop spamming the PATCH.
CAB November 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM
@Chris I have the exact same situation! Sandy did remove two , but I have two huge oaks that are hollow, and on town property, and if they come down there is going to be major damage, especially to cars passing, I do worry....
Michael Leverett Dorn, PhD November 27, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Thanks Local - sounds like good advice!
Pola November 27, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I had a Oak tree that came down on the power lines in my back yard during Sandy that knocked the power out. Both myself and neighbor called LIPA several times during the past few years asking them to cut it down and they would not. Several tree cutters would not take the job because of how dangerous the tree was hanging over the lines.

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