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Sandy One Year Later: Salt Damage From Sandy Leaves Thousands Of Trees In Danger Of Dying

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Hurricane Sandy killed thousands of trees throughout the five boroughs, but thousands more are still in danger of dying, a problem that has some people are worried for their safety. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Bette Woody continues trying to nurse the nature in her backyard back to health.

Hurricane Sandy laid waste to coastal communities. Like many, she lost her basement to flooding and had it repaired, but the salt left by the seawater continues to eat away at her sod and the trees lining her street, as well as any sense of safety.

"The tree is very brittle, and the branches could fall off or injure someone or cars," she said. "It's a dangerous thing."

Tree expert Bill Logan said that if well-structured trees died because of Hurricane Sandy, they shouldn't immediately pose a problem, but could over the next couple of years. Trees weak before the storm are another story.

"If you look where two branches are joined and there's a crack, if you see things like that that indicate to you that the branch is getting ready to go, it would be a great service if you called whoever is in charge of that tree and say, 'Hey, wait a minute, I think this one is particularly dangerous," Logan said.

The Department of Parks and Recreation is in charge of 2.6 million trees, including more than 500,000 along streets.

"We have people out there every day looking for these kinds of problems," said Liam Kavanagh, first deputy commissioner of the Parks Department.

The city plans to hire contractors to help staff monitor, prune and remove trees in what has become an unexpected issue.

"The salt damage that occurred as a result of the storm was really surprising to us," Kavanagh said.

The storm destroyed 20,000 trees under the care of the Parks Department. Of the 48,000 that were standing in the inundation zone, 6,000 now struggle to survive, and 2,000 of them show no signs of leafing out.

"Obviously, that's a major concern," Kavanagh said.

Kavanagh said that the city has an obligation to make sure trees don't become dangerous, and some say they're depending on the city because they see danger every time they look up.

"If this comes down, my house is gone, and so are my neighbors," said resident Toni Spoerl.

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