Flooding to Blame for Thousands of Dry, Stressed Trees across Twin Cities

Updated: 08/08/2014 6:27 PM
Created: 08/08/2014 4:52 PM
By: Ellen Galles

Dry, brown leaves in August are the result of rain and floods in June.  Thousands of trees along the lakes and Minnehaha Parkway were impacted by floods this summer.

"It's suffocation for trees," said Ralph Sievert with Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Sievert says all the moisture in the ground means there wasn't enough oxygen in the soil for trees to survive.

"When you can't get what you need out of the ground, you can't do what you need on top," said Sievert.

The tree's age and species will help determine how resilient it is, but Sievert says thousands of trees have already been impacted.

It's hard to tell now whether a tree will survive or not. Sievert says homeowners and cities will have to wait until next spring to find out which trees will come back and which trees won't. On average in Minneapolis, it costs about $1,200 to remove and replace just one tree, so damage from summer flooding could cost thousands to repair next year.

Photo: KSTP-TV

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