It seems like every time high wind comes through Salemtown we lose some old growth trees. Yesterday's gust front was no different. The base of an old maple tree at 5th and Garfield was shattered and the tree fell into a neighbor's house damaging at least a balcony and the porch railing. No one was hurt and my neighbor is out of town although I did email him this morning.
We had such damage in 2011 due to high winds and, according to arborists with whom I've spoken, chronic lack of rain that has weakened the canopy.