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Ice Storm Aftermath

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by Knightfall, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. Knightfall

    Knightfall LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Still-present aftermath from December's crippling ice storm:


    Impromptu patch job on an ice-damaged peach tree, and as you can tell from the second picture, life continues on both sides of the split. In fact, the day after I snapped this picture, there were at least a dozen more blooms above it.

    I wasn't sure exactly how to fix it, and didn't have a lot to work with in case you couldn't tell. I guess I strapped it back together just in time:

  2. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,801

    Man there was alot of damage!
  3. RWS

    RWS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    Looks like it should work.
  4. Knightfall

    Knightfall LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I think the forecast that day should have predicted 2-3 inches of ice accumulation and about 8 feet of wood. I'll get some pictures of the leftover debris pile and post them soon.

    It was kind of interesting to step outside and listen to branches snapping all over the valley. It actually sounded like far-off gunshots and foreshadowed the "looks like a warzone" sentiment that was being thrown around afterward.

    Thanks! It makes me feel better to hear that from people who are more knowledgeable about such things than myself. Admitted, I had access to a mechanic's supplies, and not a gardener's, but thus far the zip ties have done wonderfully. The weight from the ice had split the tree basically straight down the middle, and when I strapped it back together, there was still quite a bit of ice still stuck to it, though I'd broken off as much as I could safely. I'm just glad that the solution seems to have been a solution.
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I can empathise with you, very much. That same storm got us BAD here too. The crews are still out picking up piles up and down the roads. The city actually got FEMA money and hired several out of state contractors, probably 2 dozen semi trucks and large truck/trailer rigs running around town. I'm waiting on a tree guy myself to come and remove 2 of my Elm trees and basically clean out 2 others.

    I took a bunch of pics the day of and after the storm. I wish I had taken a lot more. It was just insane. I've never seen anything like it in my life, and hope I never do again! I'm still raking up the little stuff that got left behind in the lawns, and have one house that the trees are still laying where they were dropped in mid december. My place I was dumping grass I can't even access because I was dumping UNDER the trees. Well half the trees are on the ground!

    How long were you without power? I was out about 3 days here, and I live in town! My neghibors directly to the west of me were out about a week and a half though. I know most people were out from 3 to 7 days. I didn't think they would ever get done fixing power lines, but amazingly, with the help of line crews from several states they got it all back up and going in about a month.
  6. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    Same situation here as well. It was a nightmare. I was w/o power for 3 days and it was very miserable. Power lines snapped because of the weight from the ice and trees were snapping and felling all over the place. It actually did sound like gunshots when they would start to creak and then finally fall. My yard still has the debris and small branches left over from the large limbs that have already been removed. Its been a 4 month project now, but there was just so much debris in the yard, I focus on a little bit at a time each week.
  7. Knightfall

    Knightfall LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    We were actually without power for 7 days. Here's the messed up part. We didn't get qualify for FEMA aid in this county, though in other counties east of here where NO PRECIPITATION FELL, those counties somehow ended up on the "disaster aid" list.
  8. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    That was a terrible storm...10 days without power. Went to Owasso to mooch off my brother for half of it and my Dad the other half. It pretty much finished my leaf season 3 weeks early. That storm cost me alot of money.

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