Heavy July storms have taken their toll on Charlotte’s aging tree canopy.
The city reported a record-breaking 481 downed tree and limb service requests in the past two weeks – 410 of those coming from severe storms from July 8-13.
The stately willow oaks and other trees planted in then-new suburbs such as Myers Park, Dilworth and Elizabeth are now aged, and many have grown feeble.
Last year, the Observer found that more than half the city-maintained trees lining streets in the city’s older neighborhoods are in only middling health.
Many public and private large older trees and limbs fell during the recent storms, causing property damage to homes and yards, commercial buildings, vehicles and other trees.
A large 97-year-old oak tree in the Wesley Heights Neighborhood uprooted and fell across Walnut Avenue in a recent storm, the city said.
On Wednesday, a massive tree fell on two homes in west Charlotte.
City and contractor tree crews have been working around the clock to clear the damage. Chief Arborist Tim Porter, said Friday that all roads are clear. Some streets have debris on the shoulder or sidewalk, he said.
Charlotte residents can call 311 to report problems with trees or limbs.
No injuries have been reported because of fallen trees or limbs.
Rachel Stone: 704-358-5334, @RStone1317