Tree Crashes onto Linwood Ave.

No injuries reported; the road has re-opened, police said.

In the second time in as many days, a large tree toppling gave residents quite a scare. 

A tree fell onto heavily-traveled Linwood Avenue near the Paramus border at around 11 a.m., forcing traffic to be diverted, according to .

There were no injuries reported in the tree toppling and no vehicles were struck, police said. Emergency vehicles were able to pass through to Valley Hospital, an officer said. The road has since re-opened after village workers cut the tree and disposed of it.

A of a N. Monroe St. home Thursday night and but also did not result in injuries.

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Marcia Ringel July 20, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Again, the result of sudden heavy rain and/or wind after a drought--dangerous but often unrecognized conditions until a huge tree falls.
Rebecca July 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM
How do drought conditions affect sudden heavy rain/wind? Just curious.
Marcia Ringel July 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM
No expert here but from what I have read, big trees can become less stable when really, really thirsty. That's what I'm thinking may have happened on Linwood today and North Monroe last night (and who knows where tonight and tomorrow). They look fine and then... WHAM! It's happening all over the country. I just found this nice clear explanation: "According to the Forestry Division of the Department of Agriculture for Tennessee, the drought conditions can cause the roots of a tree to shrink. "When the roots shrink they are less able to deliver water to the tree. The tree then becomes dry and brittle. "The shrinking roots also make it harder for the tree to stay securely in the ground when it is hit with gusts of winds. "The Forestry Division's Information and Education Program Specialist said the lack of water also causes the ground to become dry and fragile. "'Certainly, all those factors can make a tree more prone to breaking in the wind,' Tim Phelps said. 'The drought is also causing trees to lose leaves earlier than normal.'" Full story at http://www.wkrn.com/story/18969145/drought-makes-trees-more-vulnerable-to-wind/.
Rebecca July 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Thanks Marcia. We just had a seemingly healthy 100+year old Hickory fall in our yard during a sudden storm last month. Sounds like the drought conditions may have contributed to its demise...
Marcia Ringel July 21, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Condolences. Yes, that could be related. Trees need watering, too. Sprinklers can be arranged (or sprinkler systems programmed) to include them as well as grass, shrubs, flowers, and small plants. It's worth a little extra water not to have a tree fall, especially on a house, garage, car, pet, or person.
Paul July 21, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Marcia, You are absolutly right, I used to have a very large oak tree in my front yard for years then the flood Floyd! One week later WHAM! Just missed our house and killing my mom.It was a town tree so they came and cut it up! I will never forget that week back in 1999. Water your trees folks.
Marcia Ringel July 21, 2012 at 06:51 PM
You mean it missed the house AND your mom...right?


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