November 25, 2013

Tree comes close to historic Skowhegan Swinging Bridge

A roughly 100-foot-tall pine tree that crashed onto the entrance of the town’s historic Swinging Bridge was the among damage from the high winds that hit the area Sunday.

By Doug Harlow dharlow@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

A roughly 100-foot-tall pine tree that crashed onto the entrance of the town’s historic Swinging Bridge was the among damage from the high winds that hit the area Sunday.

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DOWN AND OUT: Charles Hutchins Sr. on Monday struggles to walk around a pine tree that broke and fell at the entrance of Skowhegan’s historic Swinging Bridge. Hutchins said a friend of his who lives nearby told him it sounded like explosions when the huge tree broke Sunday.

Staff photo by David Leaming

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SNAP: Charles Hutchins Sr., left, and John Richardson survey the scene on Monday, where a large pine tree snapped in high winds on Sunday near Skowhegan’s historic Swinging Bridge.

Staff photo by David Leaming

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The bridge itself was not damaged, but guide wires that are part of the bridge’s suspension were struck by the tree.

The tree snapped about 20 feet from the ground and was one of three large trees in a small, town-owned park behind the Federated Church on Island Avenue. The bridge is at the boat launch on the South Channel of the Kennebec River.

In Skowhegan, Road Commissioner Greg Dore said highway crews were waiting this morning for power company workers to disconnect electrical lines and a transformer downed when

A utility pole with a park light also was knocked down by the falling tree, which shattered into several large pieces, blocking access to the bridge. Dore said town crews will cut up the downed tree themselves and bring the wood to the town transfer station.

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