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Tree trimmers still busy with work from Halloween snowstorm

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 15 2012 03:52:06 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 15 2012 04:22:32 PM CST

Need a tree trimmer? Get in line!

Need a tree trimmer? Get in line. Believe it or not, crews are still backed up from the Halloween weekend snowstorm. 

Tree trimmers aren't used to having this much work in February.

"Normally, this time of year would be dead," said Leonard Witt Jr., owner of Witt's Tree Service.

Then again, we usually don't deal with nearly a foot of snow in October.

"We've been doing nothing but storm work since the October storm hit," Witt said.

That historic storm left hundreds of thousands without power and left the area littered with downed trees.  Trimming companies, already backlogged before the snowstorm, are still catching up.

"So at this point, we're probably still four to five weeks behind," said Witt, who added that it may not end anytime soon. He said some trees that looked okay after the storm and now starting to fail.

"People are seeing things now that they haven't seen. There's a lot of stresses in the trees," Witt said. "The after-effects from that storm in October are probably going to play out throughout this whole year."

But what if you've got a tree that's just got to come down right now?  Are you just out of luck?

Not to worry, Wiit said.

"If someone has an imminent problem, we get on it pretty quick," he said.

Otherwise, expect to wait three to four weeks for routine pruning jobs, he said.

Witt believes this time will go down in the history books.

"I've been doing this for 38 years, and we've worked through hurricanes and all kinds of things in this area, and this was the most devastation I've seen," he said.