KANAWHA CITY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Severe storms swept through about a month ago -- causing trees to fall and damage homes, cars and other property.
In Kanawha City, many of the trees still standing are also cause for concern.
“Probably not a block in Kanawha City where there wasn't major limbs torn off trees by the wind,” Chuck Denham with the Municipal Beautification Commission said.
The city of Charleston is now getting to the root of the problem. Crews are removing any tree that's damaged beyond repair and poses a threat to your safety.
“I would be very upset if the city came through and cut them all down,” Mike Lamaster, a Kanawha City resident, said. “This just happened to be a diseased tree,” he said about the tree being removed in front of his home.
Many neighbors understand that safety must come first, but there's also concern about what happens if crews cut down too many trees.
“I think the look and feel will remain about the same,” Denham said. “Although if we have to take down some of the bigger trees in the alleys, that could make a significant difference.”
“That's what makes Kanawha City, Kanawha City -- the gorgeous trees,” Lamaster said.
The Municipal Beautification Commission has planned a trip in two weeks where they'll go through Kanawha City with experts to see which trees need to be removed.
It could be a long process, because there are 200 to 300 trees that need to be examined.
Commission members expect about 30 or 40 of those trees will have to be removed. The rest will probably just need trimming or to be carefully watched.