Summer storms take out trees, limbs in record numbers

Tabitha Carnes Warren
Tabitha Carnes Warren
Friday, July 15, 2016 

Contact: Tim Porter, City Arborist, Engineering & Property Management

​Violent summer storms over the past two weeks have generated a record-breaking 512 service requests to Landscape Management for downed tree and limb removal. Crews have been working around the clock to clear roads, with priority placed on major thoroughfares and access points for hospitals, fire departments, police stations and emergency shelters. Road-clearing and cleanup continues on secondary and neighborhood roads and should be complete today. 

Charlotte’s aging tree canopy, located in many of Charlotte’s older neighborhoods, has been affected the most by these storms, resulting in property damage to homes, businesses, vehicles and other trees. 

Residents are advised to monitor the health of trees on their property. Trees and limbs damaged or weakened may come down days later during calm weather, so it is important to check your trees following each storm and have a professional arborist inspect trees that may be unsafe. You can report unhealthy trees in public rights-of-way by calling 311 or by making a request online.  

Call 911 to report trees that threaten safety or property or that block major roadways and access for emergency services. 

You can learn about ways to protect your trees by visiting​

Residents are advised to properly prepare yard waste from downed trees and limbs by following these guidelines: 

  • Cut all tree limbs to 5 feet and make sure they are no bigger than 4 inches in diameter.
  • ​Place yard waste close to the curb, 3 feet away from all objects.
  • Separate yard waste into piles no higher than 3 fee and by type: leaves, limbs, loose debris.
  • Make sure the yard waste piles are 2 feet apart.
  • Put leaves and grass clippings in untied plastic bags no larger than 32 gallons.
  • Ensure no dirt, mulch and roots are in the yard waste because the City does not collect these items.
  • Make sure there are at least 3 feet between all other items at the curb, including garbage and recycling bins, cars and mailboxes.