Local tree service companies face busy week after storm

'There's significant damage here in the county'

Video: Storm leaves damage in wake...

RICHMOND TWP., Pa. - Trying to keep up with Mother Nature can be hard. John Marcincavage's H&M Lawn and Tree Services is doing its best to keep up with many new customers.

"Being the boss of a tree company, all I did was really spend a lot of time on the phone today," he said.  "It rings while you're already on the phone with someone else. All day long."

Why? Saturday's storm toppled plenty in Berks County, from billboards to trees, including a tree belonging to Marcincavage's nextdoor neighbor in Fleetwood.

"I'm going to say 90 percent of the damage we saw is evergreens," he said, "because they have needles on to be able to catch the wind."

The storm forced officials to shut down part of Route 662 in Richmond Township, where utility crews were out after dark. ​

"It's just very rare that this happens in February, that we had thunder and lightning and rain," said Marcincavage.

Marcincavage said all the damage from Saturday will take about a month to clean up.

"It's just like snow removal. Everyone wants, needs it all at the same time," he said. "There's significant damage here in the county, and this will go on for awhile."

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