Last night as Helaine and I were driving home we noticed Shepard Avenue in Hamden closed–blocked by a pair of well worn sawhorses. They were still up as I drove today. I thought that might be the case so I brought “Clicky” to document what was going on.
A large, old, formerly stately oak was splayed across the street. The root ball popped from the ground as if it was a bad tooth being pulled. The leafy end was caught in the power, phone and cable lines.
It was a mess.
The house across the street had no power, phone, cable or exit! The tree was blocking its driveway.
The tree’s owner (now the owner of a lifetime’s supply of firewood), a Connecticut State Policeman, was out in the street watching as a man with a chainsaw delicately walked on a limb the size of his waist.
“It fell around 7:00 o’clock yesterday morning,” he told me. No one had visited from the phone, power or cable company. He was taking matters in his own hand. Could you blame him?
This scene was being repeated in dozens of locations across the state.
The tree missed his house. He was lucky.