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Tree Trimming Could Help Limit Hurricane Sandy’s Effects

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) –This is already a busy time of year for Paul Broz’s tree trimming business, P&S Tree Service, and Hurricane Sandy just upped his demand.

“I’ve been getting many phone calls; dozens a day, and people are just worried about branches falling on their houses. As you can see they’re worried about branches falling on their house, their roofs they’re worried about damage, and we just want to be prepared,” said Paul.

Since last week people have been calling on Broz get their property ready for Hurricane Sandy. he’s been busy taking down trees branches, and anything hazardous that may be caught up in them, including debris still leftover from last October’s snowstorm.

“Soon as they knew the storm was coming our way I’ve been delivering firewood, coming to get firewood and they’re preparing as of the October snowstorm. They remember that and want to be prepared,” says Broz.

Getting rid of the remains also lessens the possibility of tree limbs getting caught up in wires and causing power outages. Paul’s crew is working on several locations across Western Mass to clear out all the extra branches.

One homeowner says the expense to take care of this now, could be better than paying for any potential damage Sandy could leave behind. “I put a new roof on this house two years ago and I want to keep it in good shape. So, the less stuff you have on the tree, the better off you are,” said homeowner Hugh O’Donnell.

Broz warns that at this point, people really shouldn’t try to attempt getting up on a ladder with a chainsaw and tree trimming themselves.

It’s far too dangerous, and a job best left to the professionals.


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