Tree removal companies see surge after overnight storm in East Dallas

Downed and uprooted trees across DFW

DALLAS - One of the hardest hit areas during overnight storms was near White Rock Lake in East Dallas.

More than 80 mph winds were reported in that area. 

“That’s what woke me up,” said Kelly Secker, who said she and her husband heard a loud bang and jumped out of bed.

“It was like an explosion sound," she said. "I had no idea until we came up to the window."

Secker said she couldn’t believe it when she saw her neighbors tree on top of her house.

“The bath and shower were destroyed and the rest of the tree came through the attic and punched holes," she said. "My husband and I were up there with buckets trying to catch the rain.”

A crane was used to take down Secker’s tree because the tree was so large.

Tree removal companies say they're extremely busy and can barely keep up with all the work. It could take weeks before they get to everyone on their wait list.

Jim Chase, with White Rock Tree Wizzards, said Wednesday was madness

“A lot of frantic people out there and we are try to get through the work as fast as we can," he said.

His crew got out early morning Wednesday morning.

He said he’s in awe of the magnitude of the wind that blew through this area of East Dallas.

”This wood weighs 75 pounds per cubic feet so this is a lot of weight," he said of the debris thrown by the strong winds.

He cautioned people from trying to do their own work. Work crews sometimes have to dangle off trees to get the job done.

“We have had extensive training so if you don’t know what you are doing you could kill yourself real quick," Chase said.

Companies say right now they're prioritizing the most critical jobs first others may have to wait.

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