BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Three years ago, the storm that changed the landscape of westernNew York forever, was just getting started.
It was the trees and shrubs that took the biggest hit from thesurprise October Storm of 2006.
With their branches still full of leaves, western New York'sprized hardwoods were no match for the heavy, wet blanket of earlyautumn snow.
"It was very upsetting. Especially listening to it wasupsetting, and walking the park because we walk every day, andseeing what we saw, was pretty devastating," said Sandy Ludwig.
Turning entire stands of majestic oaks, maples, and ash intotons of roadside debris. Even now, a legacy of bizarre lookingtrees.
Thomas Herrera-Mishler of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy said,"Honestly, they look like they've had a bad haircut, and they aregoing to look that way for a long time. Many of them will neverregain their natural form."
Part of the reason for the "bad haircuts" was federal disasterassistance only covered removal of limbs to protect public safety,aesthetics was not a factor.
Tim Zarnecki of Davey Tree Service points out, trees arelong-term projects.
"You know, I think they have made a lot of progress. I thinkthey have done some pruning, and they have done a lot of newplanting," said Mark Kerwood.
Now that FEMA funding for tree care is gone, all trimming andpruning is paid out-of-pocket.
Tree experts, known as arborists, tell us within 5 to 10 years,those trees that survive could be looking like their old selvesagain.
Cold and breezy with snow increasing in coverage into the overnight hours.
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