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Highway dept. says call if trees about to fall

TREE DANGERS — State highway officials say they don’t have time to look for threatening trees like this one on Thornton Road, but will respond to calls or e-mails from members of the public who know where such hazards are located. Workers were cutting trees in the area Tuesday.

TREE DANGERS — State highway officials say they don’t have time to look for threatening trees like this one on Thornton Road, but will respond to calls or e-mails from members of the public who know where such hazards are located. Workers were cutting trees in the area Tuesday.

Driving around Letcher County’s wooded roads, it might pay to look up to see what’s hanging over your head.

After a wet winter, trees are leaning over highways across the county. Widowmakers or whole trees, they could present a danger to motorists, especially in strong winds or during heavy snow.

But Department of Highways says it has too many other things to do than go looking for them. Instead, if someone is worried about a tree hanging over the road, they could call the local state highway garage, or contact the District 12 office in Pikeville.

“ The reason we can’t go through and take down trees that aren’t already down, is many times they’ll take utility lines down with them,” said Sara George, spokeswoman for District 12. “We don’t have the resources to go around looking for trees that haven’t fallen.”

George said if someone sees a tree that is a danger, the highway department will send someone out to check on it. Persons should report dangers via the Department of Highways’ District 12 Facebook page, call the state highway garage at 633-2514, or email her at sara.george@ky.gov.

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