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Expert Explains Tree Falling Hazards Following Heavy Rain

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Epperson works on a tree in Hendersonville Epperson works on a tree in Hendersonville
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -

A lot of rain has soaked the ground in the Carolinas and tree experts say now is a good time to look for warning signs before trees fall and do damage.

Dale Epperson and his tree clearing crew are getting pro-active.

He worked on a dead tree hovering above a home and a church in Hendersonville Monday.

"It was a liability, they have five children, we have a lot of stuff going on here at the church all the time," Epperson said.

Epperson climbed the tree and brought it down with the help of a huge crane and some chainsaws.

"If you ever see the ground lifting when the trees are swaying you need to take care of it immediately."

It's even more dangerous when it gets windy...

Pine trees and red oaks are notorious for falling.

You can also check your downspouts off your gutters.

"That's a bad thing to do because the ground stays wet all the time and it rots your roots."

Look for fungus on trees too because that can indicate a deeper problem.

"That's growing on rotten wood which means it's rotting underneath as well."

Ants living in the tree can also point toward weakness in the trees roots.

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