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Crews work to clear downed tree blocking Randolph Road

Charlotte residents faced a longer commute home on Thursday evening when a large oak tree fell across Randolph Road, blocking all the traffic lanes.

Hundreds of motorists were turned away from the road.

Neighborhood residents blamed recent heavy rains for the tree falling down.

“Randolph floods all the time,” said Barbara Morton, whose tree fell across Randolph Road. “I look out the window and it’s a raging river.”

Monica Montesano, who lives nearby, said more trees have fallen this summer, causing increased traffic and power outages in the neighborhood.

The tree fell around 4 p.m. Thursday, and clean-up crews worked into the night to remove it.

Lisa Muhammad’s car was hit by a driver trying to get around the traffic from the fallen tree. She said later her car had been totaled.

Morton said the large oak tree was healthy, but fell because of all the recent rains. She said the tree’s roots were loosened by the water.

“Trees are falling all over the place. It’s scary,” she said. “I’m very thankful it didn’t hurt anybody.”

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