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Decatur beautification department employees remove part of a fallen tree in Decatur Cemetery on Thursday.
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Decatur beautification department employees remove part of a fallen tree in Decatur Cemetery on Thursday.

Downed trees delay cleanup at cemetery

A downed tree and limbs laid on two family plots at Decatur City Cemetery for 11 days before city crews began removing them Thursday.

The tree and heavy limbs fell July 1, when a storm brought wind gusts up to 40 mph, according to National Weather Service reports.

That storm and another July 6 with wind gusts at 35 mph knocked down trees and limbs across the city.

Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Dunlap said crews removed branches blocking roads in the cemetery the day after the storm and have been busy clearing streets, alleys and lines of sight before getting back to the cemetery. "It wasn't causing any further damage or harm," Dunlap said, of holding off on the cemetery trees.

Linda Eubanks, Landscape and Beautification Department director, said her crews responded to 33 work orders dealing with trees and tree limbs either blocking traffic visibility or streets and alleys from July 2 through July 11.

Crews didn't work July 4 and were slowed at times by rain, she said.

- Paul Huggins

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