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Falling on Fair

Posted: September 7, 2012 6:53 p.m.
Updated: September 10, 2012 5:00 a.m.
Photo courtsey of Liz Gilland/

A post oak that stood guard over Camden Elementary School (seen to the right) for more than 60 years fell during the early morning hours Friday across Fair Street. Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland said the tree fell due to a combination of root rot, compacted soil, pavement around the roots and strong winds from a passing storm earlier in the night. Gilland said that as the tree fell, it took a utility pole and electric wire with it, and smashed into a security light across the street, causing an electric outage at the school and approximately 15 to 20 nearby residences. She said city crews restored power around 7:40 a.m. as school began, but that Fair Street was blocked until around noon when the tree was dismantled and hauled away. Gilland said no one was hurt or injured, and that the tree will be cut into firewood for use during Historic Camden’s Revolutionary War Field Days.


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