Hurricane Ida: Here’s how to report a fallen tree in NYC

Hurricane Ida: Here’s how to report a fallen tree in NYC

STATEN ISLAND, NY – The remnants of Hurricane Ida, which struck New York City on Wednesday, left a trail of damaged trees on Staten Island. The storm left branches that blocked sidewalks, roads, driveways, and access to parks and paths.

Although the total number of trees damaged by Ida is not yet available, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation reported that 900 fallen trees were reported after tropical storm Isaias struck the island in August 2020, and the department processed more than 13,000 tree reports . related problems at that time.

So what can residents do about a fallen tree caused by Ida? That depends on where exactly it is.

Staten Island has more than 110,000 mapped street trees, according to the city. The parks department removes anything that is damaged or fallen on public property, including streets, sidewalks, parks, and other public places.

Ministry officials also remove branches that are cracked or hanging and falling.

Trees that are located along streets in front of houses on private property are examined and removed if necessary.

The city park administration is not responsible for:

  • Any non-urban tree that falls on private property.
  • Any tree that is on private property.

Trees on private property should be handled by homeowners who should consult a certified arborist before doing any work, the parks department advises.

Safety measures should be followed and risks considered before homeowners attempt to remove a branch or cut down a damaged tree, experts advise.

The risks of tree removal include electric shock from fallen or underground wires, the risk of falling from a tree or being hit by a falling branch, and self-harm from tree cutters.

Local residents should call 911 to report a damaged tree that poses an imminent threat to someone’s life.

To report a fallen or damaged tree to the city on public property, submit an application by calling 311.

The residents receive a service request number that they can use to check the status of their request.

When reporting tree damage, the park authority asks residents to provide the location and a description of the size of the tree or branch. In addition, it is essential that you provide the following information:

  • Does the fallen tree block a road? Completely or partially?
  • Has it fallen or is it touching power cords?
  • Did it fall on a house or other building? Is the building damaged?
  • Did it fall on a car or other vehicle?
  • Is the tree split either vertically or horizontally, but still standing? Has the tree been uprooted or is it leaning noticeably?
  • Are tree debris blocking a sidewalk? Completely or partially?

Once a request is received, the park department dispatches a forest inspector to assess the situation.

Risks that endanger public safety are addressed first. These hazards include fallen trees blocking roads or resting on houses, standing damaged trees that can cause personal injury or property damage, and fallen branches.

After all high priority public safety inquiries are completed, the department will address remaining debris in streets and tree damage in parks. For more information on how to remove large branches or trees, visit the parks department’s website on how to remove large branches or trees or all 311.

For more information about NYC Parks tree services, see the NYC Street Tree Map.