'Mother Nature is crazy:' Tree removal crews work to clean up following wind storm

Posted at 7:19 AM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 09:00:48-05

Chainsaws, rakes and chippers were a common theme and sound in Mid-Michigan following Wednesday's ferocious winds.

A tree crashed onto Eugene Weadle's neighbor's home near Bath. It fell right onto a car and took a nearby power line with it.

“I told my neighbor that’s a hard way to meet your neighbor,” said Weadle.

Many tree removal companies like Trowbridge Tree Service are now left to pick up the pieces Mother Nature left behind, a task keeping crews busy.

“I can't answer the phone fast enough,” said Steve Trowbridge, owner of Trowbridge Tree Service.

Removing a tree off of structures like a home or car is tedious work, work which take time.

“You’ve still got to try and not damage the cars as much as possible,” said Trowbridge. “Limb by limb and piece by piece, you know move each individual piece of wood.”

On Lansing’s southwest side, crews worked to cut apart a tree which landed on a home.

With more than 50 calls alone on Thursday, It's familiar work for Lou's Cutting Edge.

“Coming from Texas we have a lot of hurricanes come through right off the gulf so I’m used to this type of destruction,” said Lewis Hanft, owner of Lou’s Cutting Edge tree removal service. “We've got a good backbone of experience on this particular type of work.”

It’s that type of work which allows for moments to take in the incredible force that is Mother Nature.

"Mother Nature is crazy, its crazy what she can do," said Trowbridge.

Many Mid-Michigan tree removal crews tell News 10 it could be a week or longer before damage from Wednesday’s wind storm is completely cleaned up.

Trowbridge suggests keeping trees like blue spruces away from your home, especially on the west side since that’s typically where most wind comes out of.

There are a lot of people trying to figure out their insurance situation.

We checked with the Insurance Institute of Michigan for answers to a couple of common questions.

If a tree falls on your house, your homeowner's policy should cover the damage.

It doesn't matter if it's your tree or a neighbor's.

There are some things you can do to help the claims process move along.

"Take some pictures of the damage,” said Lori Conarton, Communications Director for the Insurance Institute of Michigan. “Always make sure that if there is damage you're minimizing any further damage so if you have a window blown out you cover it so there's no further damage."

Your auto insurance policy should cover the damage if a tree lands on your car.

You'll probably pay out of pocket if a tree falls in your yard without hitting anything.