BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — The cleanup continues. Crews are working to remove the trees that fell during Irene.

Derek Valcourt has more.

“All the pressure’s up in that maple tree right now,” said Ben Riegel, Keil Tree Experts.

Business is booming for the people who make a living on trees. Around Maryland, Irene ripped down thousands, like a tall pine in Jon Meadowcroft’s northern Baltimore County backyard.

“It’s too big a job for the handyman around the house to do. It’s a professional job,” he said.

Fortunately, he’s a longtime customer of Keil Tree Experts, one of dozens of companies up to their elbows in branches.

“We’ve got all kinds of work. We have a bunch of trees on houses; we have a stack like this of estimates that we got to get to,” Riegel said.

So where does all this wood go? Just about all of it gets recycled. Some of it ends up in wood piles, some in lumberyards, some in fireplaces. Some of the trees are so large, companies need a crane to move them.

“The phone hasn’t stopped ringing since Sunday morning,” said Jack Roesner, Baltimore Tree Experts.

So many calls, tree trimmers say it’ll be weeks before they can get to all their clients. Right now, they have to prioritize and homes with tree damage come first.

“If you just have a tree laying in your yard, at this point, it’s going to be some time before we can get to that,” Roesner said.

All of them agree that in terms of tree damage, Irene has been brutal.

Also brutal, the price tag facing some of these homeowners. It could cost as much as several thousand dollars to remove one tree. The price depends on the size of the tree.


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