Wet snowfall hammers city

Heavy coating causes trees to bend, break

Posted 4/18/16

Spring arrived in March but Old Man Winter stayed around and flexed his muscles by delivering two days of heavy, wet snow to the Denver metro area April 16-17.

The snow clung to tree branches and bushes, creating a lace-like coating for the …

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Wet snowfall hammers city

Heavy coating causes trees to bend, break

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Spring arrived in March but Old Man Winter stayed around and flexed his muscles by delivering two days of heavy, wet snow to the Denver metro area April 16-17.

The snow clung to tree branches and bushes, creating a lace-like coating for the vegetation, and while the heavy snow blanketed the ground, some hearty flowers poked up though the white covering.

Reports around Englewood listed snowfall depths varying from six to a little more than 10 inches. While the snowfall made a pretty picture, the water-heavy snow did result in many owners finding broken branches and damaged bushes in their yards.

“The heavy, wet snow broke some tree limbs in our parks,” said Jerry Barton, Englewood Parks supervisor. “I think we saw the most tree damage in Romans and Duncan parks.”

He said the crabapple trees got hit hard because the leaves were out and the pink blossoms had already bloomed. He said many of the pear trees on corners on South Broadway also suffered damage.

Two parks maintenance crews were out April 18. The crew in Romans Park on West Floyd Avenue was using a small chain saw to trim and take down many of the broken limbs. Crew member Jake McClure said they would have to get the larger chain saw as the broken limbs on many of the crabapple trees were too large to try to cut with the small chain saw.

The debris from the trees and damaged limbs clogged the main drain at Romans Park, creating a large “lake” in the flood retention pond.

Barton said his crews will have the chipper going strong, grinding all the downed limbs into mulch.

“It'll probably take us a few days to get everything cleaned up,” he said. “The good news is the forecast is for warm weather and we'll get a lot of help through solar snow removal.”

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