Strong winds too much for Boulder trees

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Wind gusts of 74 mph were just too much for the pair of 60-year-old Blue Spruce trees in Boulder. One came crashing down onto the street at 18th and Baseline Wednesday morning.

"Luckily, nobody was walking here or driving here..." said John Cobb with Ironwood Earth Care Tree Service. "Could it have killed somebody? Oh, absolutely."

The other tree stubbornly hung on to the earth, but it was doomed as well.

"In the wind blowing you could see the root ball coming up. The whole tree was swaying," said Cobb.

There was no choice. The tree had to come down and John Cobb had to go up. Up 65 feet in a hydraulic bucket.

"I took it in sections. One, because the wind was blowing and I didn't cut a big section and have it fly across the street and hit somebody," said Cobb.
After the tree and John Cobb were down, the clean up began.

Within an hour you wouldn't know what happened here, except for the 10 foot gaping hole in the homeowner's fence.

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