TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Strong thunderstorms producing wind gusts exceeding 40 miles per hour rolled through the WLFI viewinig area Monday and Tuesday. The storms left a number of tree limbs and branches down around Greater Lafayette.
Krintz Lawn Care Vice President Michelle Krintz said the damaging winds have kept the business busy the last few days.
“It has been a bit difficult,” Krintz said. “We’ve had numerous phone calls for people that have had damage to trees or trees down, limbs down.”
Severe thunderstorms can hit at any time, and Krintz said there are ways to check trees before a storm hits. She said check for dead limbs because they are usually the first to fall. Also, check for splitting where branches are attached to trunks.
“You can tell maybe water is laid in there. There is some rot in there. That is a good sign that you need to be watching that tree and maybe some maintenance needs to be done,” Krintz said.
It’s also important to look for heavy limbs over roofs that may fall. She said if there are limbs close to a powerline, it is a good idea to contact the local utility company.
“Always contact them, get their feedback on if they should be taking care of the tree or if they should just do the maintenance on the line,” Krintz explained.
State Farm Agent Trent Johnson said homeowners are responsible for maintaining trees. He said typically if a tree is not properly maintained and caused damage to a neighbor’s property by it falling, then the person who owns the tree is responsible.
“It’s my tree, it’s dead and all the leaves are off and it falls on your house,” Johnson said. “Then my liability should take care of that, but again that is going to be on a case-by-case basis.”
Johnson said if someone is concerned about a neighbors tree, then he suggests sending them a certified letter for them to have their tree checked.
“That way if it does fall, you have noted or have record that you have notified them of your concern,” Johnson said.
Krintz said, “Do regular maintenance on them, to keep your property safe, to keep the tree healthy — keep you property beautiful.”
But more importantly, to keep people safe when a storm hits.