Crews Remove Large Tree from House

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Tree cleanup continues across the area following last week’s storm.

In Springfield, one homeowner waited nine days to get a tree off her roof.

On Glacier Drive in east Springfield, a five-man crew attempted to remove a 135-foot, 22,000 pound Douglas Fir tree that fell on her home a week ago Saturday.

Mike Rose, owner of M.R. Tree Service, says his crews have been working overtime since the storm–over 120 hours in the last week or so.

On this job, it took days before the ice and snow made it possible to get a crane up the hilly street. The key to this job was to remove the tree by sections, making sure the root ball doesn’t lift the tree up before its time.

Once the tree was hauled away, the process of repairing the house could begin.

“It did not penetrate the roof as far as water damage, but it did bust the main beam across the ceiling…some pretty crazy noises,” Rose said.

Rose says a job like this should take about three hours, but he charges $900 an hour, plus $300 an hour for the crane. Total damage: $3,600.


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  1. Bettina HIgginson says:

    Your story was lacking!!! The removal of the tree may be only 3500 dollars, but to fix her home will require her and and her 2 sons to live in a hotel for months. I lived next door to her when a tree came down from her yard onto my house. My son, father, husband, along with 3 cats and a dog lived in a hotel for 6 months just to get back home.. Her house is worse. Your reporting of her devastation is deplorable!!! Yes the tree removal may only be what you reported, but your reporting was not accurate!!! This is a single single woman with two boys who is going to endure hell while she takes care of of patients being that she is an RN at Riverside Bend Hospital. Your editors and reporters need to go back and redo the story. PLEASE!!!! STOP reporting like we are in a drive thru restaurant!!!!

    1. Jon says:

      So she has a history of trees falling over on her property and she still chose to live in this huge house on top of a mountain? Why would anyone feel so sorry for this woman? The house isn’t even leaking water amongst all this rain and can obviously still be lived in. What is this house like a 5 bedroom? For a woman and 2 boys? Your feelings on this make no sense at all and to try and call out the news company on this like they need to do more is equally confusing.

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