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Tree limbs may still fall due to heavy ice

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

During the thawing of March's ice storm, there may be other things falling besides ice: tree limbs.

As temperatures warm, cracked and hanging branches could break free, adding to the mess in many of your yards.

And it could be more than just a mess.

You don't have to look very hard to find things on the ground that were suspended above us just a few days ago.

There are trees on power lines, on fences, on rooftops, and on the ground.

Everywhere you look in Tyler, there are broken limbs...and snow kayakers.

Okay, maybe not as many kayakers, but this kayaker's mother, Kristin Maloney, is a little worried about her kids playing under the trees right now.

"I'm concerned about them landing on my kid's heads. We've been wearing helmets, not because of them getting hurt in the kayak but because of branches falling on their heads," Maloney said.

That's when they're in the back yard near where a tree fell during the ice storm. The front yard's safer.

Not too far away, Pat McMillan had limbs fall in his yard, and it was also a close call. His daughter's car was hit by a falling branch.

"After it fell and knocked the mirror off, she could still back out of the driveway, and she backed out. After she backed out, another limb fell where her car would have been, so she came out a little bit unscathed," McMillan explained.

There are a lot of ice-covered trees in the area right now, and some that were unstable may become more unstable during the thaw.

As a reminder of how heavy a branch can be, one Tylerite whose  pickup was hit showed me the damage from a falling branch. Part of it went through his windshield and into his dashboard.

A Longview fire marshal advises to never go beneath trees to inspect them during an ice storm, and says caution should be observed under any weakened branch. A surprise could be devastating.

You should inspect the trees around your property closely and have any snapped branches removed before they become an unexpected destructive force.

If branches are too high to take care of yourself, you should consult a tree-trimming service to see if branches need to be removed.

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