When I see some of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy along the New Jersey and New York coastlines, I feel like most of us in the Newtown area dodged a bullet. Most of us did, but not all of us.
I was surveying and estimating emergency residential damage for Monster Tree Service last week, and quite a few people had large trees on and in their homes. Trees that fall into houses often require a large crane that can pull out sections of the tree, and Monster Tree Service kept three 40-ton cranes alongside a large group of tree professionals working nonstop for days on these types of emergencies.
On Durham Road, two next-door neighbors had trees come down. One tree fell on the house roof but miraculously did not puncture the plywood; meanwhile, a similar tree completely demolished a garage and shed along with all of the external electric wiring next-door. In Yardley, a large tree crashed down on the third story of a home, crushing the skylight and pushing several large branches through the roof. In Holland, a tree that fell physically cut the living room in two, leaving both halves standing but divided by a large oak’s trunk.
In each case, the tree was sectioned and removed by a crane to a waiting ground crew who chipped up the smaller branches and removed the larger logs. Roofs were then tarped if the damage required it.
Much of the emergency work has been completed, but the Monster Tree Crews are still working tirelessly to clean up the remaining damage. As our community has unfortunately been struggling with the aftermath of the storms, it has been rewarding to be able to pull together and work as one unit to get our lives, yards, and houses back to normal.