In this The Philadelphia Inquirer article, Jason Parker from Davey's North Philadelphia office shares about how recent heavy rains can impact trees.

Posted: March 12, 2024

A flood watch remains in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday as runoff persists from Saturday’s heavy rains, and March evidently is about to live up to its reputation as the year’s windiest month, with some power outages possible.Drops of heavy rain in the city.

In addition to the continued flood threat, the National Weather Service posted a wind advisory for the entire region through 8 p.m. Monday, to go along with advisories for minor flooding along the Delaware River and at the Jersey Shore on Sunday afternoon, with the approaching new moon giving the tides an extra kick.

Thunderstorms and downpours soaked parts of the region Saturday night, with rain amounts ranging from an inch in the Mantua section of Philly to 2.78 inches in the Avondale area, in Chester County. The Chester Creek, in Delaware County, approached moderate flood stage. The Perkiomen Creek, in Montgomery County, reached the minor-flood threshold.

But the rains backed off late Saturday night, and wind will become the bigger concern by Sunday afternoon as sustained breezes are forecast to be in the 20- to 30-mph range through the day Monday, with gusts to 45 and 50 mph.

After an extremely wet winter, with their roots soaking in saturated soils, some trees are vulnerable, said Jason Parker, a manager with the Davey Tree Expert Co.

To read more about the rain's impact, click here.

For more information, contact the North Philadelphia Davey office.

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