Evanston removing 60 trees damage by extreme cold

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The people of Evanston are still feeling the effect of last week’s arctic blast.  Mother Nature did a number on a number of trees and now they have to go. The reason why may be something you’ve never heard before.

As Chicagoan’s cold weather is just part of our lives. But have you ever heard of it being so cold trees are split right down the middle. The toll is 60 trees and counting!

Last week’s extreme cold not only made life miserable for we the people but it has become a death sentence to many of Evanston’s trees.

Homeowner Virginia Paton says she first noticed cracks in her two Sycamore trees on the public parkway last Tuesday when she was shoveling her walk– one day after that arctic blast hit Chicago.

Having lived in her home for the last 35 years she’s never seen anything like it.

At Evanston’s Forestry Department this is something new as well.

Paul D’Agostino says his crews have identified 60 Sycamore and London trees that are so badly cracked they are too unsafe to keep. He says another 76 are being closely monitored.

He says the trees already had tiny cracks as part of the natural growth cycle but the extreme temps tore them open like an opener to a tin can.  15 trees have already been taken down. It will take two more weeks to remove the rest.

Back at Virginia’s place, four of them on her block, two in front of her home are goners.  he’s sad to see them go  but she understands.

Patrick Elwood, WGN News

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