Thursday, August 28, 2014
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A Requiem To All The Downed Trees

Many neighborhoods in Burlco lost multiple giant trees, including some still strewn across roads. Others left gaping holes, changing the symmetry of the landscape.

A Requiem To All The Downed Trees

Two trees and utility poles are strewn across the road adjacent to Strawbridge Lakes in Moorestown (Jan Hefler/Staff)
Two trees and utility poles are strewn across the road adjacent to Strawbridge Lakes in Moorestown (Jan Hefler/Staff)

Many neighborhoods in Burlington County lost more than one or two giant trees, robbing the landscape of its symmetry and vibrancy. 

The trees will be missed. 

In Mount Holly, a huge beauty that gracefully shaded the historic courthouse on High Street surrendered to the high winds.  And just like that, a familiar friend was gone. 

In Moorestown, a landmark ancient tree on East Main and Chester Avenue lost a towering branch that thundered into the cemetery below.  The tree's future may be in jeopardy.    

A few blocks away, the remnants of a possibly four-foot-wide giant on East Main sends shivers down the spine.  The weathered tree trunk had cracked down the middle and apparently veered dangerously close to the house behind it. 

Moorestown, known as a tree-lined historic town, has work to do to keep its identity.  Nearby Haddonfield, also famous for its big shade trees, was also hit hard.      

In Moorestown's Strawbridge Lakes section, electricity is still out.  Jim and Kathleen Williams lost power, gas and telephone service after hearing a "loud bang and then nothing at all" Monday night when two trees and two utility poles crashed just outside their lakefront home. 

The jumble has closed a portion of the road along the scenic lake, where other tall trees are prone near the dam. 

It's amazing there were no fatalities and hardly any injuries when the thousand or more trees in the metropolitan region fell.  After heeding the warnings to stay inside, people now are venturing out to gawk at a field of dead trees. 

They will soon be but a memory.  

Jan Hefler
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Written by Inquirer staff writer Jan Hefler, the Burlco Buzz blog covers breaking news in the the county, as well as its quirky characters, crime cases, politics, outdoor recreation and environment. Contact Jan at jhefler@phillynews.com.

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