Hundreds of Denver trees damaged by spring snowstorm FOX31 KDVR


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DENVER (KDVR) – A snowy Friday morning turned into a messy Friday afternoon across Denver as trees gave way under the weight of the spring storm.

“About a month ago we went through a yard of snow and had very few calls,” said Scott Gilmore, deputy executive director of Denver Parks and Recreation. “Down and here’s last night we have about six inches of snow, but it was heavy and wet. “

The city has received more than 160 calls for felled trees on the streets and sidewalks as a result of the snowfall. According to Gilmore, this is unusually high for the amount of snow that has fallen.

“Fortunately, the trees hadn’t leafed out. If it was maybe three more weeks from now, it would probably be three times that number, ”said Gilmore.

Areas with older trees, like the Capitol Hill and City Park neighborhoods in Denver, suffered the most damage. Many large branches fell in the courtyards and streets. A few rutted parked vehicles.

“Our little boys were very excited to run to the window and see a huge victim,” said Rosemary Pesko, a Denver resident.

Denver’s 12-person forestry team began work on what will likely be a week-long cleanup process. They focus on trees blocking the right-of-way or threatening the safety of pedestrians or vehicles.

“They’re actually cutting branches to make sure they don’t fall on the street and hurt someone or cause an accident,” Gilmore said.

Once this work is completed, they can work on removing fallen branches, branches and solid trees that do not pose an immediate threat. There’s a large tree blocking a road in City Park, for example, which Gilmore doesn’t expect crews to visit for several days.

“We will keep this road closed probably until next week when we can remove this tree,” he said.

While the volume of damaged trees is overwhelming, Gilmore says the public can often be the biggest challenge when it comes to cleaning up.

“Neighbors on Montview, 17th Avenue, 6th Avenue, some of the wealthier neighborhoods in town, think they can drag their branches down the middle of the boardwalk and leave them at the parks department to clean up,” he said. he declares.

According to Gilmore, after a storm like the one in Denver on Friday, the parks department will often find piles of broken branches on boardwalks and other public spaces transported from other areas.

“Landowners are responsible for pruning and cleaning up debris from trees on private property and in the public right-of-way adjacent to their property. DO NOT move branches to boardwalks or other public spaces, ”Denver Parks and Recreation said in a press release.

Denver residents can break branches up to four inches in diameter into lengths of four feet or less. Packages must be tied up and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Up to 10 packages can be dropped off on additional garbage collection days every eight weeks or branches can be dropped off at the Cherry Creek recycling drop-off center.

If a tree is blocking a road and needs to be removed urgently, Denver residents should call 311.

“The city will assess and prioritize obstruction removal, and if necessary, the city will remove the congestion, and the cost of the work will be billed to the responsible owner,” Denver Parks and Recreation said.


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