Hundreds of trees toppled in Brussels after weekend storms

Hundreds of trees toppled in Brussels after weekend storms
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Strong winds from storms Eunice and Franklin toppled nearly 300 trees in local parks and forests around the Brussels-Capital Region.

In the Forêt de Soignes, at least 200 fallen trees were reported. Weekend winds in parks felled an additional 80 trees, Sud Presse reports.

Some trees fell on roadways, but the greatest danger remains trees weakened by the storm posing a threat to runners, walkers, and cyclists travelling through the forest and parks.

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The waterlogged soil means the trees are more likely to fall. The high winds also can snap branches off, or create small fractures in the trees, eventually causing branches to fall or trunks to split.

"When you witness a windy episode like this, you have to be very careful and make sure of the stability of these trees," Camille Thiry, spokesperson for Brussels-Mobility, told Sud Presse.


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