VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Thankfully, no one was hurt when a large, mostly dead tree came crashing down around 4:30 Monday afternoon in South Valdosta, destroying much of a home on W. MLK Jr. Dr. and knocking down power lines.
But, Valdosta's certified arborist, Kevin Jenkins, said the damage could've been prevented if the signs that the tree was mostly dead had been recognized.
"Excessive broken branches, open wounds, hollowed decays, things like that," Jenkins stated, explaining some of the signs that indicate a tree is dead or dying.
Robert Jones was at the home next door to the home on W. MLK Jr. Dr. on which the tree fell when the tree came crashing down and said he'd like to see the city cut down other trees on the street to prevent something like this from happening again.
"There's just a lot of trees that old and everything and they need cuttin' just to keep the neighborhood safe," said Jones.
If the tree isn't in a public right of way though, it's not the city's responsibility. The tree that came crashing down Monday was not in a public right of way.
"If [residents] have a question about it, they can call the city and we can go out and verify where the right of way is," Jenkins elucidated.
Jenkins said the best thing for residents to do, especially after a storm, is to assess their trees and have a professional take care of any work that needs to be done because there's no telling when the next Summertime thunderstorm, or even a hurricane, may hit.
"Take a good look at what you have. Look up at every tree you've got," emphasized Jenkins. "Really pay attention to what it looks like."
Jenkins estimated that a tree like the one that fell on W. MLK Jr. Dr. could be removed for between $600-$900. While that may seem like a lot, he said it's better than having to pay several thousand dollars to repair your home.