SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It will likely take weeks to clean up the damage caused by the storms that rolled through the Ozarks on Saturday. Tree experts said Monday that some of the damage caused by downed trees could have been prevented.
"We are seeing trees that uprooted and blew over that had major pockets of decay," said Noel Boyer, an arborist and the owner of All About Trees, a company in Springfield.
Boyer said some of the warning signs that homeowners can see include major spots of decay on tree trunks and cracks or splits in the bark of tree trunks.
"Yesterday, we took a big huge hollow tree off of a house that just basically snapped off," Boyer said.
Todd Duncan and his 8-year-old son, Gavin, were home on Saturday afternoon when storms rolled through the area. The high winds snapped a major limb off an old tree in their front yard.