Minneapolis tree cleanup continues more than two weeks after storm

  • Article by: Kelly Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 6, 2013 - 6:35 PM

City crews estimate they’ve cleared about half the storm debris and downed trees in Minneapolis. They haven’t yet started work in city parks.

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swmnguyJul. 6, 1310:12 PM

The crews are doing a great job. It's a huge mess, and it's going to take a while.

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mplsjoejoJul. 7, 1310:35 AM

Just an idea, why doesn't the city hire a few extra contractors (private) to help speed the process along. This could double, triple, or even quadruple the crews working on the cleanup.

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hobie2Jul. 7, 13 5:56 PM

More may fall suddenly and for no apparent reason... wood fibers have different levels of strength, and different strength depending on direction of applied force - AND the wood in the tree can hold and seem ok but if the force of an earlier trauma was high enough - like in a storm - or too high - like when an undersized beam is carrying load in a building - the wood, unlike steel, then gradually weakens even though the load is as it always was and held and it looks ok - load like branches, part of the house weight, etc., - The storm slips the fibers in the wood and breaks connecting tissue. What is left breaks a bit at a time over days, weeks, or months until total support failure.. In other words, once stressed above a certain level, if the load is above the slow-break level, the trunk's strength drops, and then eventually, while holding the same load it held for years and for months since the storm, be weak enough to fail suddenly - break... The inside of the break looks perfectly fine, but too many fiber connections were damaged to sustain load..

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dtmonkeyboyJul. 8, 1312:04 AM

Mplsjoejo.... The city cant hire private crews because private crews are too busy. I have to wait two more weeks before my tree can be removed by a private company.

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vegasgalJul. 8, 13 1:23 PM

On WCCO, an tree removal "expert" recommended that if you tree is 50 year old or older, you have it inspected for hidden damange. The tree in my yard lost a few small branches and looks okay but I am going to have it inspected. I'll wait to call for a few weeks because I know they are very busy. I am just grateful that I had all the branches over the house taken off in 2007. If I hadn't, they could have easily gone down on the house. When you have a tree that is 60 years old and three stories tall, periodic pruning is just part of regular mainenance. Better proactive than reactive in this case.

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