Ice could damage weakened trees

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Updated: 2/21/2013 9:01 am Published: 2/20/2013 7:42 pm

Snow covered trees may be covered with ice by Thursday morning causing more damage to trees already weakened by the drought.

In 2007, an ice storm caused significant damage to trees in Green Country and some are worried it could happen again with more ice in the forecast.

Eddie and Helen Eliott were without power for two weeks and two days after the 2007 ice storm. They have been married for 68 years and say those two weeks were the worst time of their lives.

“Our house got so cold after several days and everything in the house was just stone cold,” Eddie said.

Steve Grantham, an arborist with Up With Trees, said the destruction was awe-inspiring.

“Trees just fell over, looked like they had exploded,” Grantham said.

Grantham takes care of trees all over Tulsa and is worried about ice piling on to drought-damaged trees. He says Green Country trees have gone through a lot.

“Just added weight on something that’s already broken, that’s not healthy,” he said.

Arborists say if you have snow piled on small trees, you can lightly shake them to get rid of some of the weight. However, if there is ice on the trees leave them alone. Trying to shake ice off the branches could cause them to break.

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