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Ice storm boosts business for tree removal companies

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(12/30/13) - The pre-Christmas ice storm that wreaked havoc on Mid-Michigan, boosted business for some area tree removal companies.

"It was kind of a blessing," said John Judson, owner of Budget Tree & Landscape in Fenton.

He can see the positive because it meant work for his crews. Judson called it an early Christmas present - one that's still giving more than one week later.

Judson and three of his workers were back on Jeffers Lane, in Tyrone Township, at Steve Emmel's home Monday afternoon - back for the third day.

"The trees fell across our driveway and we couldn't get out," Emmel said. "The trees were, in the back especially, were hanging over the wires."

Judson is taking one tree down and cleaning up some others. At least one tree had some top damage and a few had big branches split.

"That can be a widow maker," Judson said.

If you can't burn the wood or find someone who will, you may have to take it somewhere for disposal.

In Flint, for example, you can't put it curbside. Yard waste removal ended at the end of November.

The city is working on possibly getting a reduced rate for people needing to dispose of yard waste.

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