Summer thunderstorms bring fallen trees down around Helena

Posted at 6:43 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 20:43:27-04

HELENA— After a weekend of thunderstorms, the city is doing their best to clean up more than 30 large branches around varies roadways and sidewalks.

A home on 11th Ave had arborists working diligently on July 15, at 1:30 p.m. in attempt to clear a sidewalk for the residents, as some were confirmed to have disabilities, making the fallen limbs hazardous.

Officials said more than five large trees have fallen around the city within the last week, causing traffic disruptions.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent, Craig Murr, says if you see a fallen tree or large branch caught in power lines, to call Northwestern Energy as soon as possible.

Or if the fallen tree is high-risk, or life threatening, to please call 911 for immediate assistance.

Marr stated, “Just so people are know, that our protocol is (in terms of safety), we try to go for branches that are hanging and creating a real public safety issue. So, we try to get hanging branches first then we try to get the roads cleared-out and then we try to get sidewalks cleared and then after that we’ll be moving around to try and get the piles of branches and logs that will be piled-up on the boulevards.”

Marr also said whenever there are high winds, they are prepared for more trees to come down and that arborists are working as quickly as they can to clear all blocked sidewalks and roadways, and that patience is appreciated.