Local residents cleaning up Halloween storm damage

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – People were cleaning up Friday morning after strong damaging winds brought some trees and power lines down across western Massachusetts.

Wind gusts over 50 mph Thursday night, knocked a large tree down on a car that was parked on the side of the road on South Park Avenue in Longmeadow.

“Well I mean it seems the tree was not in good shape but it’s sad to see a big tree go down,” Catherine Verdi of Longmeadow told 22News. “There’s a couple of my favorites trees down this block they’re beautiful.”

Part of South Branch Parkway in Springfield was also closed Friday morning while tree removal crews worked to clear debris and Eversource worked to restore power, after a large tree fell into the road taking the power lines down with it.

If your’re worried about the health of the trees in your yard, it’s important to have them inspected so they don’t end up falling on your car or your home during the next big wind storm.

“This particular season has brought a lot of awareness to people,” David Murphy of Western Mass Tree Care told 22News. “A lot of calls due to just wanting and evaluation of their trees. They want to know if they have to come down or not.”

Murphy recommends if you have trees in your yard that you don’t think are healthy you should have them inspected by an arborist so they don’t come down during our next big wind storm.

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