Removing Trees a Tough Task


The aftermath of Saturday’s brutal winds continue to be deadly.

On Monday, 80-year old William Mueller lost his life removing trees from his yard in West Terre Haute. Tuesday,  Russ Myers, 51 of Farmersburg, died in a similar incident.

It’s a natural human instinct to want to take matters into your own hands to solve the problem. But in the case of tree removals, things can take a turn for the worse in the blink of an eye, which is why it may be best to let someone handle the issue.

The howling winds from Saturday left quite a mark on the Wabash Valley. Towers falling on buildings, trees falling on power lines and in city parks. In the last 24 hours, two Valley residents lost their lives trying to remove fallen trees from their yards. A risky task that even keeps the professionals on their toes.

“It’s an extremely dangerous job and those of us that actually do it on a daily basis are aware. We go about it like little rabbits and know that we have to run sometimes or always be paying attention to the guy in the bucket. There’s always things coming down,” Joe Sanquenetti, owner of Wabash Valley Tree Service, said.

When a tree falls on our home or yard, the initial and immediate reaction may be to remove it ourselves. But Sanquenetti says that may also be unsafe. “Whenever the trees fall, they’re under a lot of pressure so the direct cuts and knowing the right cuts will ensure your safety, keep you out of trouble.”

And one benefit tree removal services like Wabash Valley Tree Service have that the average citizen might not: tools geared for the job.

“The equipment that I have actually keeps us safe. As opposed to a ladder, when something comes down, you can’t go anywhere. You’re stuck right there. The bucket truck will have you above everything. So as it falls, you’re not at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Sanquenetti added.

When faced with an emergency like this, as unfortunate as it is, it’s recommended you ask for assistance.

“The damage is already done. So instead of adding to it by breaking a leg or an arm, you should think about calling the professionals and getting it handled properly,” said Sanquenetti.

If you have a tree in your yard, you can call Wabash Valley Tree Service, who will offer you a free estimate of what it will cost. The number is 812-243-5025.

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