In the wake of Hurricane Irene, the Washington DC area remains littered with downed trees, limbs and branches. Wood Acres is busy helping with the cleanup. We’re sorry to say that many stately, old trees were destroyed. Fortunately, resulting injuries or deaths weren’t as many as feared in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene which struck this past weekend here.
Many people ask, “What if a neighbor’s tree fell on my property? It’s their tree, shouldn’t they be responsible for the cleanup and damage?”. The area jurisdictions are stating that toppled trees on private property would not be removed by the counties or the District and trees that have fallen on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.
If you have a toppled tree – whether yours or your neighbor’s – call your own insurance company and a private tree removal service, like Wood Acres Tree Specialists. The County’s Office of Consumer Protection advises homeowners to deal with established businesses only. Beware of out-of-the-area tree crews going door to door with chainsaws. Many are unlicensed and uninsured – and can cost you more money, more damage or personal liability if something goes wrong. Consumer Protection can be reached at 240-777-3636 if you have questions. Wood Acres Tree Specialists is licensed, insured, and certified for the most dangerous tree removals and undergoes rigorous safety training.
If a tree has fallen on power lines call the power company. If you smell gas or have a broken water main call your utility company.
- Do not touch fallen or low-hanging wires of any kind under any circumstances. Stay away from puddles with wires in or near them. Do not touch trees or other objects in contact with power lines.
- Call police or your utility companies immediately to report hazards such as downed power lines, broken gas or water mains or overturned gas tanks.
Hurricane season ends in November, so please hold onto your sandbags and our number for emergency tree service 1-888-464-3926 – just in case.