Crews dismantle enormous tree that toppled during early morning storms in Nacogdoches

Crews dismantle enormous tree that toppled during early morning storms in Nacogdoches

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Parks and Recreation crews had their work cut out for them at Eugenia Sterne Park at the corner of East Main and Lanana Streets.

The healthy oak came down during the early morning storm. Parks Superintendent Tommy Stanley Jr. said the damage it caused was discovered by electricians tracing down power outages.

The tree crashed down on top of park fencing and a few benches, but no serious damage was done otherwise. (Source: Donna McCollum/KTRE)
The tree crashed down on top of park fencing and a few benches, but no serious damage was done otherwise. (Source: Donna McCollum/KTRE)

“It took out one of our fences, a couple of our benches, the lights. We are trying not to get on the lawn so we won’t mess up no more than we have to,” said Stanley. “Hopefully, it will dry up pretty soon and we can get the big trunk off.”

Typical of its species, the tree was tall but had a relatively shallow root system.

Stanley said although the tree would take some serious manpower to remove, the city was overall spared during the storm. (Source: Donna McCollum/KTRE)
Stanley said although the tree would take some serious manpower to remove, the city was overall spared during the storm. (Source: Donna McCollum/KTRE)

"The ground is so saturated these big trees that are tall and have a huge canopy, sometimes a little bit of wind catch them, they'll tip on over, that's what happened to this one," explained Stanley.

Another storm passed thru Nacogdoches Sunday afternoon. Trees fell on lines causing power outages. Residents on Old Lufkin Road, north of the loop, didn’t have their power restored until this afternoon.

"It was raining real hard. I heard the wind and all of a sudden, I hear a bang and then my power was out,” recalled resident Jorge Varela. “Then I come outside quickly and just see the big tree in the road. The cars coming and turning right back around. "

Another large tree fell on Mockingbird Lane, west of the loop, causing outages. One house lost some trim when a tree fell near the house. Power was restored around six this morning. Limbs ready for pickup line the street.

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