The ice storm may be a distant memory now that the power has been restored, but for many, the clean-up continues. December’s ice storm severely affected trees and woodlots across the Credit River watershed. Like many landowners, CVC experienced severe damage to trees and woodlots on its properties. Silver Creek, Upper Credit, and Terra Cotta Conservation Areas were hit the hardest. Work has been virtually non-stop since before Christmas. Getting things back to normal includes clearing woody debris, removing broken branches that are falling hazards around buildings and along trails, and monitoring for log jams and potential flooding along watercourses. It’s a big job and clean-up will continue into the spring.
As a resident, you can help with the clean-up by not putting tree debris in the Credit River, local creeks, streams, or other watercourses. Tree debris can cause a jam downstream and increase flood risk now and into spring. People living beside the Credit River or other watercourses should contact their local municipality or regional government to learn where to dispose of tree debris.
In most cases damaged trees on private property are the landowner’s responsibility. Most local municipalities recommend landowners seek professional advice and assistance from an arborist.
It is important to be careful near damaged trees. Approach and inspect them only if it is clearly safe to do so. Branches that appear to be stable can fall without warning. This can result in serious personal injury and damage to property. Do not go near trees close to power lines. Pruning large branches and stems is difficult and hazardous. It should be done by people with proper training and experience.
For more information, visit www.credivalleyca.ca