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City installing bolts on splitting trees
Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018 4:56PM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 3, 2018 6:56PM CST
The City of Regina is trying to keep a number of trees from splitting by installing bolts into the trees to pull them back together.
Frost cracks over the past two weeks have caused a number of green ash and elm trees to break in half. Wind chills have reached into the -30 C and -40 C range over the past few weeks.
"We'll go out and assist a tree and determine the health,” said Ray Morgan, the city’s director of parks and open spaces. “Typically we'll put a bolt —maybe two bolts, maybe three bolts —to help secure it and ensure that it is safe for the public.”
City officials say crews have received a number of calls from residents throughout Reginaworried that the cracked trees were dead or dying.
The frost cracks in the trees are repairable. Anyone who sees a cracking tree is asked to contact the City of Regina as soon as possible.
With files from Jessica Smith.