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City of Helena working to clean up fallen trees, branches after storms

Posted at 10:59 AM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 12:59:47-04

HELENA— After a weekend of thunderstorms, the city is doing its best to clean up more than 30 large branches around various roads and sidewalks.

Arborists were clearning a sidewalk at a home on 11th Avenue Monday afternoon. Some residents of the home have disabilities, which made the fallen limbs hazardous.

Officials said more than five large trees have fallen around the city within the last week causing traffic disruptions.

Craig Murr, Parks and Recreation Superintendent, advised calling NorthWestern Energy immediately if you see a fallen tree or large branch caught in power lines. If the fallen tree is high-risk or life-threatening, please call 911.

Murr added that Parks and Recreation often responds to hanging branches first as they’re a public safety issue.

“We try to get hanging branches first then we try to get the roads cleared out, and then we try to get sidewalks cleared and then after that we’ll be moving around to try and get the piles of branches and logs that will be piled-up on the boulevards,” he said.

Murr said the department is prepared for more trees to come down and that arborists are working as quickly as they can to clear all blocked sidewalks and roads.

-Reported by Christine Sullivan/MTN News