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Large tree roots exposed are causing safety concerns
ESCAMBIA COUNTY - Crews are trying to clean many neighborhoods up after the flood.
The ground in many areas completely washed out.
Leaving large tree roots exposed. Making the tree's vulnerable. Causing safety concerns.
Crews are working hard removing trees from certain areas because they are posing a threat to gas lines and water mains. It's very important to get them out so they can start construction on the roads.
When the flood waters receded in the Crescent Lake area. It was easy to see the destruction. As crews work to repair the road. The Eager Beaver crew is working to remove dangers like leaning trees. Residents watched as the large equipment moved into their neighborhood.
"It's awful. I just want to cry," said Patsy James.
"This whole experience has been crazy," said Gary Mitchell.
As they began to remove one large pine tree, the roots shifted causing the water pipes underground to snap.
"Sometimes if you hit a bump along the way it exposes things that are weak and it's a good thing we can fix them now," said Howard Jacques.
Just walking around the trees was dangerous. The earth was missing leaving only roots were showing.
Yellow flags point out where there are gas lines making it even more dangerous for crews to be cutting trees around them. They use special skills to make sue everybody stays safe.
"If you drop something and it pierces that line and it exposes the gas line all it takes is two rocks smacking together to cause a spark an you've got another news story on your hands," said Jacques.
Neighbors stood by watching the process.
"I couldn't believe how they used that crane and brought it down like that. It was pretty spectacular," said Mitchell.
"If it's to make it better I'd rather for them to take it down," said James.
The crew has already taken down more than 50 trees in the past few days and have many more to go. None of the wood goes to waste.
"We recycle them back into mulch and we take them out to the paper mill, so we can actually use them for fiber fuel and we'll convert the other into paper, pulp, and lumber or we turn it into fire wood," said Jacques.