Tree Cleanup Continues In Bryan After Storm Damage

A small thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon packed a pretty big punch in Bryan / College Station.

Winds knocked down dozens of trees; many of them already dead after last year's drought.

News 3 found one area dealing with quite a mess and spoke with a local arborist about why dead trees completely uprooted is a rare site.

It's a surprise cleanup across a very small scale in Bryan after 50-mile-an-hour storm gusts blew through Tuesday afternoon.

Debris and brush littered the parking lot at Royal Oaks Gardens Apartments where seven trees toppled within minutes.

"They didn't uproot! They broke, like snapped like you would snap a twig," said Espie Coulter, who is the maintenance supervisor here.

Coulter said last summer's drought has already taken a deadly toll.

"We just had 100 trees, 100 trees cut down because they were dying... Had a contractor come in and then here you have perfectly good trees that were living and they fell just snapped right in two," he added.

Around 200 BTU customers lost power for a short time after lines came down because of falling trees. Wednesday afternoon crews were making plans to replace a utility pole damaged on Cherry Creek Circle.

"This branch here, right here, fell out of that top right up there," explained Larry Finch, owner of Advanced Tree Care.

Finch says he's seeing the most dead trees ever as a certified arborist.

He says live trees are more likely to be uprooted in storms.

"The leaves are still on there and the wind can catch them and act like a sail. Dead trees are more likely to going to have just limbs breaking out," said Finch.

As trees dry out bugs and disease come calling.

"We're going to see a continuation of tree death through next year because of this damage," said Finch.

Damaging winds and damage to trees all because of the extremes of Texas weather.

Arborist Larry Finch says that if your trees are dying it may not be too late to save them.

He says sometimes tree problems can be reversed with proper treatment.

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