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WEB EXTRA: Beware Of Falling Trees After Heavy Rains In The Mid-South

The recent heavy rain in Memphis has caused big problems for trees in many neighborhoods.

The recent heavy rain in Memphis has caused big problems for trees in many neighborhoods.

An over-abundance of water can cause trees to rot and roots to weaken. As a result, a neighborhood can become a danger to residents.

Super saturated soil can cause falling trees to knock out powerlines, topple onto homes, and create traffic hazards.

Mike Mabe, a certified arborist, says that excessive water washes away soil and nutrients from roots, weakening the trees stability. When the big storms blow through, a lot of the big trees fall over because of weakened roots.

Mike also says that anytime you see a tree fall across a power line, you need to call MLGW immediately.