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7:05 PM, Mar 21, 2008   |    comments
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Columbia (WLTX) -- A Columbia home has already been the victim of two fallen trees after the March 15th severe weather. Now, an expert decides whether the home is still at risk. Thursday morning began early for Lisa Gilyard, when her T.S. Martin Drive home was struck by a tree--for the second time. The home Gilyard lives in with her three children was hit by a tree on March 15 during the severe weather that struck the area that day. On Friday, News19 brought an expert to the property to survey other trees in the area, and determine whether the house is safe from a another evergreen attack. Tree expert Ed Roland says, "Look for bleeding lesions in the trunk itself, these are indications of stress." Roland works with Sox and Freeman, a tree expert company, and he talks about trees like they are people. "They use 16 periodic elements for metabolism," Roland says. But when he looked at the trees Friday, he said that other people should have intervened. "I don't know who owns that property," Roland says, "But they really should have removed that tree a long time ago." He says a tree like that could be dangerous. "A tree like that? There would be several hundred pounds in that tree," Roland says. After two trees fell on Gilyard's home in the last five days. On Friday, News19 learned that Gilyard's next door neighbor's house suffered damage a month ago for the same reason. Roland says, "This should never have happened." Now, Gilyard and other residents are asking if trees could fall again? "I would monitor these trees. I would ensure their health, and I would definitely remove the dead pine we see back here," Roland says. The tree expert says the trees he found Friday need to be cut down or they will come crashing down. "The death that we see above ground definitely reflects the death below ground," Roland says, "Those roots are no longer that tree and that's quite a bit of weight. It is coming down soon." The Columbia Housing Authority and Volunteers of America are going to relocate Lisa Gilyard until construction begins on the home. The Columbia Housing Authority owns the property that Gilyard's home sits on. A neighboring railroad says they are not responsible for the trees, because they are located off the property they own. It's unclear at this time if there are plans to cut down the trees that pose a threat to the homes.

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