Trimming away

Local jobs pick up due to winds, storm damage

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Tree trimmers kept busy in central Yukon this week after Monday night storms. Jose Marquez, 30, of Oklahoma City works for Orduma Lawn Service cutting up tree debris left from a Monday night downward burst of wind that hit the area of Poplar Avenue and Fifth Street in Yukon. (Photo by Robert Medley)

From Staff Reports

The Monday night windstorm in Yukon left a lot of work for local tree trimmers.

Kurt Meeks, 59, who has owned the Yukon-based service, The Treemender for 34 years, stays pretty busy all the time.

It got even busier after straight line winds, and a sudden downward burst of wind about 11 p.m Monday damaged older trees, homes and vehicles in an area of central Yukon near Kimbell Park he said.

Meeks worked several jobs this week due to the storm.

He also cleared debris near Vandament and Cornwell and near State Highway 66 and Sara Road just east of Yukon city limits.

One of the biggest job was removing an older maple tree that went down in the Monday night wind.

Meeks said it is healthy to routinely trim large trees that can grow over homes and power lines.

Regular trimming is advised to avoid large limbs falling into houses or power lines during high winds.

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A tree damaged a house Monday night near Walnut and Holly, he said.

Once the wood from a damaged tree or a trimming job is cut up, Meeks donates the cut wood to people he knows for use as firewood.

Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. crews were busy in Yukon repairing power lines and utility poles. Tree trimmers worked with the linemen to clear branches and debris.

Meanwhile, the City of Yukon is collecting tree debris at their transfer station location, 501 Ash Avenue.

The station is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and is closed Sunday.

For those who are looking for a local tree trimmer, Meeks can be reached at (405) 474-8746.