Heavy Snow Impacts Trees and Travelers

Heavy Snow in May
Heavy Snow in May

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MASON CITY, IA-It’s been an early and snowy morning for one tow truck driver.

“I’ve been on the road non-stop since 2 am,” said Joseph Mustain, the General Manager of Holt Services.

He’s received dozens of phone calls for help.

“Mostly winch-outs which is a car stuck in the ditch,” said Mustain.

But this heavy, wet snow is also causing another dangerous situation in the area..down tree limbs.

“Cutting Edge Tree service, they are just so heavy on the branch tips with the snow and the ice it doesn’t help out and the trees are just crashing down,” said Kevin Hardy of Cutting Edge Tree Service.

This record breaking may snow storm is wreaking havoc on branches, especially since this is prime leaf growing time.

“The trees, they were caught off guard, they are just not designed for this type of stress.”

Among the casualties…the oldest magnolia tree in Mason City.

“It just collapsed sometime last night,” said tree owner, Eileen West.

And all this destruction is leaving behind a bad winter taste.

“I hate it, I’m tired of it,” said West.

But in the mean time, bundle up and take caution because this spring snow can still be just as dangerous as any we see during the winter months.

“It’s just not safe to be outside, especially underneath the trees. As we’re driving down the street we’re watching limbs break and fall off,” said Hardy.


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