Zombie Ash Trees Taking a Toll on Homes, Parks, Power Lines – and People’s Nerves

Feb. 19, 2019

Jeffrey Doerflein, right, and his daughter Breanna in the backyard of their home in Depew. A neighbor’s dead ash tree came down in high winds and landed in their yard.

Diseased ash trees snap like twigs in the face of gusting winds. The falling trees can damage property, block roads, tear down power lines and shatter a homeowner’s peace of mind.

With high wind warnings appearing regularly in the weather forecasts, residents throughout Western New York are reeling after the fall of a towering tree. Many described the experience as unforgettable, costly and always jarring.

Arborists called it preventable.
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