Tree service crews worked in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood Friday afternoon to clear fallen trees and debris from the severe Thursday afternoon storms. (Ron Campbell/ Johnson City Press)
Johnson City citizens looked like they were participating in a citywide cleanup Friday afternoon, as families, utility crews and many local tree services helped manage the debris leftover from Thursday afternoon’s storm.
Working with both his grandfather’s company Don’s Tree and Landscaping, as well as his own tree service business, Nathan’s Tree Experts, Nathan Roark said his crew, clearing debris from a home on 1011 Nottingham Place, had been out working, particularly in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood off Knob Creek Road all night.
“My grandfather told me that he’d gotten two or three calls in this subdivision (and) all we had to do was drive out here,” Roark said. “Normally, when we do tree work you see Bradford pears (trees) split out and pine trees. That’s normally your two typical trees that split out when you’ve got winds like this. I’ve seen more oak trees and maple trees this time around. It’s just kind of different.”
He said his crew has responded to around 14 calls since the storm, which produced winds averaging 65 mph, and said they had been clearing off debris from driveways, as well as removing and cutting down trees that had fallen on homes in the neighborhood.
“We’ve got two more jobs up here where there was wind damage. This area right here got hit pretty hard,” Roark said. “We’ve got two separate crews, though, where there’s been so much work. Normally, we work (in) a crew (of) three to four, but in this case we split the crews up so we can get twice the amount of work done.”
Working in the yard next door, employees of A-1 Expert Tree Service were busy raking up loose limbs and leaves around the home. An A-1 representative said the tree company dispatched two crews in the Johnson City area following the storm and said they worked until around 11 p.m. Thursday.
Roark said he had seen two or three tree services working within the neighborhood, as well as city personnel, Johnson City Power Board crews and even home owners taking it upon themselves to clear the brush. He said he predicts his business of clearing trees and moving debris from homes will be busy for another couple of weeks.
“Everybody’s actually doing a pretty good job of chipping in,” Roark said.