August 6, 2011
‘Monster’ poplar comes down
Branch from tree caused $40K in damages to Hyde’s Diner in July storm
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Rob Dallaire of Cortland-based Clean Cut Tree Care hauls away limbs Friday from a 100 foot tall poplar tree that was damaged during a recent storm. The tree is over 100 years old with a 21 foot circumference. A branch that fell in the storm caused $40,000 in damages to Hyde’s Diner on Homer Avenue in Cortland.
CORTLAND — The tree that crashed through the roof of Hyde’s Diner on Homer Avenue during a severe thunderstorm July 26, causing about $40,000 in damage, came down this week
Meanwhile, diner owner Laurie Hyde anticipates reopening by Sept. 1, but wishes it could be sooner.
She watched Friday afternoon from across the street, as a crew from Cortland-based Clean Cut Tree Care cut down and mulched branches from the almost 100-foot tall tree next to the diner.
“I just want to be open,” Hyde said. “This is my life, just working here, it’s my life.”
Clean Cut’s owner and operator, Joe Maynard, said his crew spent all day Friday dismantling the tree, lowering sawed off limbs one by one. He anticipated having it whittled to a stump by this afternoon.
“We were gonna do it with a crane, but figured with a tree of this magnitude, we wanted to dismantle the old-fashioned way,” Maynard said. “This tree is a monster.”
It is estimated to be at least 100 years old and has a 21-foot diameter.
Hyde has been at the diner site ever since the tree limb crashed down, watching repairs get under way. Earlier this week, workers were patching up the roof.
No one was inside the diner when the tree came down. Hyde closed for the day and left about 30 minutes before it happened — at about 4:30 p.m.
The large tree has been a concern for Hyde in the past.
By coincidence, Hyde said, she had discussed taking down one of the larger branches the day of the storm.
The July 26 storm, while brief, downed many area tree limbs and shut down some local roads as crews cleared debris.
Hyde said her diner’s ceiling still needs to be replaced and a wall has to be straightened out.
The whole diner front needs refurbishing, but none of the diner’s equipment was damaged, she added.
She co-owns the diner with her father, Harold “Butch” Hyde.
Insurance costs should cover the damage bill, except for the tree removal, Laurie Hyde said.
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