Rain-soaked ground could lead to falling trees

Experts: Danger will linger after the rain is gone
Downed tree along SH 135 in Rusk County on Tuesday morning.
Downed tree along SH 135 in Rusk County on Tuesday morning.(KLTV)
Updated: Oct. 16, 2018 at 6:21 PM CDT
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RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - With so much rain falling across East Texas, the rain-soaked ground could put trees at risk for falling, and the danger will linger long after the rain is gone.

When a tree comes falling down in Rusk County, Richie Spencer at Spencer’s Nursery and Landscaping is often one of the people who gets the call.

“The concern is the saturation around the root structure of the tree,” Spencer said.

With much of East Texas getting a multi-day dousing, Spencer expects more and more trees to come crashing down.

“Pine trees are probably the worst,” Spencer said. “That’s because they don’t have much of a root structure. That’s the problem you’ve got to worry about.”

Spencer says it’s important to keep an eye on rotting trees and look for cavities or discoloration on the tree’s bark. But despite the clues, Spencer says when a tree’s ready to come down, it will.

“There’s no real warning of a tree coming down,” Spencer said. “Once it’s on it’s way, it’s going.”

In Rusk County, a tree fell across State Highway 135 on Tuesday morning. Officials say a driver ended up crashing into the tree, but suffered only minor injuries. According to the Rusk County Office of Emergency Management, more than a dozen downed trees were reported on rural roads across the county on Tuesday.

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