XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The weekend’s high winds left a mess behind in the Miami Valley. Monday, some were getting a first, good look at the damage and calling in professional tree removal services.
Xenia homeowner Doug Cope said he woke to the sound of high wind early Sunday morning and by afternoon it became destructive.
“I was in the family room of the house and heard a loud boom, crash,” Cope said.
When he checked outside, Cope found a 25-foot pine tree toppled onto his fence, narrowly missing his shed and other properties.
He said he was grateful the wind didn’t blow the tree toward his home or knock down bigger oak trees in his front yard.
“It could have been worse because if those would’ve come down the direction the wind was blowing, it would have impacted the house directly and that would’ve been bad,” he said.
Boyd Tree Service was cleaning up Cope’s fallen tree Monday, along with a slew of other similar calls. The company’s owner said the wet ground from recent rain made some trees with shallow roots especially vulnerable. The crew hadn’t yet encountered any houses damaged directly by falling trees.
“Just a perfect landing, you might say, on a lot of them,” owner John Boyd said.
Boyd cautioned homeowners to check for hidden dangers if a tree lands near power lines or other hazards. He said, when in doubt, leave any precarious situations to the professionals.
“It’s not worth the risk because you can’t predict what a tree’s going to do,” he said. “Even we have run into that.”