ATHOL, Idaho -- This summer’s storms not only left homeowners cleaning up fallen trees but also removing trees that maybe dangerous. Local tree removal companies said they have been swamped with calls.
A homeowner in North Idaho is removing a tree in his front yard as a precaution to the storms moving in Tuesday.
Josh Hovde will not forget the last time a massive storm made its way through his neighborhood just south of Silverwood. His neighbors said the dead pine tree in his front yard looked like it was about to fall.
“They saw this one swaying. This one was the one that was moving. It’s ready to go,” said Hovde.
After checking the forecast for the week, he frantically started looking for someone to take the tree down.
“Right off the bat, the first individual I tried to call, they were booked out a month in advance,” said Hovde.
He was able to get in touch with a Coeur d’Alene company that plans on removing the tree on Tuesday.
Hovde is not the only one trying to get rid of some threatening trees at the last minute. KREM 2 called a dozen Spokane tree removal companies and they all said they have been receiving extra calls over the past week. Many of those companies said they are not able to remove standing trees because they are still cleaning up from the storm that hit August 2.