MOUNT VERNON — According to an old Chinese proverb, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the next best time is now. Area residents are coming to grips with the loss of hundreds of mature trees in Friday’s storm, and many already plan to re-plant. But for county and municipal street crews, the immediate concern is removal of felled trees and branches.
Although many people are still anxiously waiting for their power to be restored, many of the obvious electrical problems — downed utility poles and wires — have been repaired. While work on the power grid goes on, the process of storm clean-up, no easy task in this week’s sweltering heat, is a priority.
With one exception, all Mount Vernon streets were clear on Tuesday. Bond Street, east of Burgess Street, remained closed because of a huge tree that came down and is entangled in power lines.