A Big Job For A Big TreePublished 1:52pm Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Wayne Smith Tree Service utilized a 50-ton crane, two Bobcat dozers and a five-man team Tuesday and Wednesday to remove a huge oak tree that had fallen in an April 8 windstorm, inbedding itself into the roof and interior of a house on Cassidy Street.
Below, Smith grabs onto the end of the crane’s lift chain and prepares to hook up a section of the tree. The crane removed the large cut-off sections one by one throughout the morning. Smith’s crew worked on the tree removal project from 8 a.m. Tuesday until 5 p.m. and started back this morning at 8 a.m. to finish the cleanup.
Smith said local contractor, Hugh Mathis, was going to get a tarpaulin placed over the roof Wednesday.
The house, which was the home of the late Wylma Mitchell, was owned by her sons, Ken and Hugh Mitchell. No one was in the residence at the time of the storm. Johnny Lynch of Brookhaven said he plans to work with the family and try to save the house.
Smith said the crane was brought in from Jackson since there are no longer any larger cranes like it available locally. “There’s no way to lift it off without a crane,” he said, due to the weight of the tree and the fact that it was lying on the roof.
Smith said this was not the largest tree he’s had to remove, but it was one of the larger ones.