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Missoula residents asked to report storm damaged trees

City of Missoula Seal
Posted at 4:07 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 18:07:21-05

MISSOULA — The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings for the Missoula area through Friday.

Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry Division and the City Street Maintenance Division have developed an emergency plan to keep streets and sidewalks clear and safe for the public during and after the storm.

Urban Forestry and Street Maintenance crews will be on-call and in the field as the storm develops, according to a news release.

For non-emergency City tree debris removal, complete a Tree Debris Removal Request online.

City crews were addressing high-risk tree failures and emergency removals as of Wednesday. Non-emergency debris removal will begin on Thursday.

Residents should call 911 to report tree emergencies like limbs blocking streets, sidewalks, and alleys or property damage resulting from a city tree failure.

Urban Forestry Specialist Marie Anderson is reminding residents that high winds and heavy snow can cause trees to fail, dropping heavy limbs and branches.

“Residents should be aware of their environment, and watch for hanging limbs or downed power lines that may be difficult to see lodged in a tree," Anderson said. “Never touch anything, including a tree, which is in contact with power lines. Immediately report downed power lines to Northwestern Energy at 888-467-2669 or 911."

City officials note that branches and limbs from trees planted on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. People are also being asked not to pile debris from private property onto the boulevard.