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Severe drought may lead to dangerous property conditions

As record droughts stretch across much of the United States, trees in many areas of Connecticut may be affected. This could lead to dangerous property conditions. With winter just around the corner, along with the typical hazards that winter brings like snow and ice, the combination of weakened trees and winter conditions could be a recipe for disaster.

The combination of malnourished trees along with infestations by pests and insects over the past few years may lead to an increase in fallen trees or tree limbs. Property owners are reminded and encouraged to check trees for signs of weakness and to do the appropriate trimming to minimize the chance of a tree falling or limbs damaging property or potentially injuring guests on one's property.

Forty percent of power outages are the result of fallen trees or tree limbs. And with snow and ice buildup on trees in winter, combined with windy conditions often associated with winter storms, this could be a serious cause for alarm.

Property owners are advised to look for deadwood or potentially compromised trees, and to speak with a professional arborist to seek advice on the status and condition of trees on your property before severe weather hits. Such dangerous situations can result in serious injury. If the injuries were due to the failure of the owner to properly maintain the property, a premises liability suit may be able to help victims recover damages. Seeking the assistance of an experienced attorney can help those in such situations proceed with a solid plan of legal action.

Source: The Bridgeport News, "Eversource reminds property owners of hazards from drought-stressed trees," Oct. 19, 2016

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