Storm lets up just in time to spare most trees
Chris Busch cringed when he heard the weather forecast, calling for a half-inch to an inch of ice Saturday night and Sunday.
He worried about the old trees in Medina, and many of the new ones.
“Whenever they predict lots of ice that never ends well,” said Busch, chairman of the Medina Tree Board.
He was out today assessing the damage around Medina. He saw lots of fallen branches, but not too many snapped-off large branches from the mature trees.
The storm tampered off just in time.
“While under stress from ice load, most trees in Medina escaped major damage,” Busch said.
The trees were at their limit in supporting a heavy ice load, he said. Warmer temperatures this afternoon are melting the ice, easing the burden on the trees and their branches.
“At first glance Medina’s urban forest was lucky,” Busch said. “Had the ice storm lasted longer, things would’ve been much worse.”