100-Year-Old Tree Toppled by Super Storm

Published 10/30 2012 07:10PM

Updated 10/30 2012 08:03PM

FREDERICK COUNTY, MD - People in Frederick County, Maryland continue to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area.

Seeing trees sprawled across the street and hearing saws cut down branches are a now common thing for people who live in Frederick.

"I heard a crack, and by the time I heard the crack, I saw it going by Mr. Mark's house. I saw it go down the street and hoped no traffic was coming," said Ralph Smith, who saw a tree fall and get blown down 13th Street.

The 100-year old tree crashed right in front of Mark Gregory's house.

"We were sitting drinking a cup of coffee, eating some apple cobbler and enjoying the hurricane, and sure enough with that tree I just heard a big thump, and it fell right in the middle of the street. Thank goodness it fell on the street and not on one of our houses," Mark Gregory said.

Mark Gregory's daughter experienced her first hurricane.

"I thought oh my God what happened and all that. There's no school for me either, so I was kind of happy with that," Alina Gregory said.

Flooding is the issue in other parts of Frederick County. Logs float across what was Michaels Mill Road in Buckeystown.

Buckeystown Park backs up to the Monocacy River and is flooded about 10 feet in different places. The playground and volleyball nets are almost completely underwater.

"It was shocking because I didn't think Maryland and this place we are now could get this bad," said Allison Jones, who came to see the flooding.

Things aren't much better at Frederick's Pine Cliff Park.

"We've got all of our crews working. We're removing the trees the best we can. With the ones that are tangled in power lines, we have to wait until the power company can come and assist us," said Bill Routzahn, superintendent of Frederick County Highway Operations.

The storm may have passed, but the clean-up is far from over.

"We'll spend probably a few weeks just trying to get the basic clean-up completed, the trees pushed off the road, then we have all the drainage issues," Routzahn said.

The National Weather Service is forecasting the Monocacy River to crest at about 23 feet Wednesday. That's eight feet above flood level.

Crews cleaned up hundreds of trees throughout the county, and 140 roads were closed Tuesday afternoon.

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