Hurricane Irma Aftermath · · PAGE 48.
October 9, 2017: The cleanup is not
over until all the storm debris is removed by DISASTER RECOVERY trucks that take
away all the tree trunks, limbs, and Spanish moss. We had another minor
storm with winds that came through last week. I found a tree limb that had
fallen from the big oak tree near the southwest corner of the house. It
was about 15 feet in length and was on the sidewalk near the speed limit
sign. I cut off the small side branches and put the remainder of the limb
on the big pile of debris near the speed limit sign. I looked up to see
where it came from in the tree and spotted another dead limb up there from
Hurricane Irma. All the dead leaves point to the remaining dead limb still
in the tree. It is up too high to get my ladder up there to safely
Here is another view of that same tree and dead limb.
This was the day the trucks took away all the storm debris. It was
also the federal holiday for Columbus Day and I was not working today on my day
job. I was having a race to get all the big tree limbs moved from the
debris pile by the access road to the front pile that was sitting here until the
big truck with its scoop bucket took everything away. That dead grass and
leaves between the sidewalk and the street marks the size of the pile out
front. I spent the morning dragging big limbs from one pile location on
the access road to the pile that was here in front of the speed limit
sign. The scoop on the truck also removed some sod and the rich soil under
the grass level.
Here is the view looking the other way. There are three of my yard
waste cans down by the access road when the normal weekly trash pickup will
remove their content of leaves and Spanish moss. The regular trash and
yard waste collection is on Tuesday, which was October 10 this week.
This is the remainder of the pile of leaves with small twigs and branches at the side
of the access road near the driveway.
Here is the same pile with a different camera angle looking north.
October 10, 2017: When the yard waste cans were emptied this morning, I started to clean up the remaining leaves from the two remaining debris piles.
October 12, 2017: I had some time to
take more photos today of limbs that were damaged during the hurricane, but have
not fallen to the ground. This is a wide angle shot of the tree close to
the access road and the storm drain that runs under the east side of the
property. In the middle of this image is a big limb that also fell from
the upper canopy of this tree on a bigger trunk of that same tree at a lower
This second image is zoomed in on the fallen limb. This time you can
see the big limb with its dead leaves.
There is one more big oak tree near the driveway that has my
attention. Since the hurricane I have been hearing the sound of limbs
rubbing each other when the wind blows and the upper canopy of the tree
moves. The limb above highlighted with the yellow lines is forked and has
its ends broken off from several years ago. There are live side branches
with green leaves attached to the remainder of the forked limb. The limb
marked with the RED line is below the other limb and when the wind blows, these
two limbs make a creaking noise. My concern is my car is usually parked in
the driveway below these two limbs.
October 16, 2017: I have three more
photos after most of the leaves have been removed, and a better view of a dead
limb in the afternoon sunlight. This is the dead grass and gouged top soil
at the southwest corner of the lot where the turf was killed by dead limbs being
here for 30 days.
Looking up from this spot, the fallen limb from the upper canopy of this
tree is outlined. The only question is WHEN will this one fall to the
Over at the other side of the lot is the other dead grass area by the
driveway and the access road.
That is the end of the story of Hurricane Irma and the cleanup that took 30 days. I have to buy some grass seed to get the dark areas green again.
February 4, 2018: I have been
contemplating how to remove the dead tree limb shown here again from a photo
Here is what I did today, February 4, 2018 to solve the problem.
This picture shows a long white pole on the sidewalk, the tree limb that was
above the sidewalk as seen above, and a yard waste trash can ready to remove the
branches from the fallen limb that has finally reached the ground. There
are no photos of the progress as I was working alone.
What was the technique to get this done? I used some white poles
used with a canvas sun shade to create a long push pole that is assembled to be
22 feet and 6 inches total length. I used the long pole to push up on the
fat part of the limb to move it off the limb where it was resting these past few
months. It moved over to the point I thought it would fall, but the side
branches were still holding up there.
I had to set up my extension ladder, but not for climbing, but to serve as
a "guide brace" for the long pole. I could push the large limb
from this angle to get it a bit farther to the East expecting it to fall at any
I checked the length of the pole before taking apart and returning the
pieces to storage.
The final push that made the branch fall to the ground was done by a neighbor as I was shorter and he was stronger. David Simmons and his wife Marly were walking their dogs again today as I was ready for the final push of the limb to make it fall. They had been walking their dogs yesterday afternoon when I was making my first attempt to move the limb using a long extension cord to lasso the tree limb and pull it down. That did not work at all. When they came by today, David was very helpful for the final push as they were walking west on Meadowbrook Road.
When they were on their way back from walking the dogs, I showed them the
map of the golf course development project from PAGE 49.
I took them out back to compare the map of Phase 1 & 2 with the current
progress behind 1351.
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