Foresters say the damage done by the storms may be a good thing in some situations.
Many of the trees and branches that came down were already weak and susceptible to falling. With many of the weaker, sicker, rotting trees down, the chance of more damage being done in future storms is reduced. This comes as good news to workers who are trying to keep up with routine tree maintenance.
Joshua Hughes, a Cemetery Groundskeeper, explained, "The fact that we had this storm - I mean, we were busy before the storm hit, so now, we're just getting further and further behind every day. It's just a mess."
Foresters say trees in urban areas like Winchester are already weaker than those growing in forests because of trimming and more compact soils. Despite the damage, they also say the benefits of having trees near your home outweigh the risks of them falling on your house.
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