Sandy decimates 21 trees on Kirchers' property

At the top of Irmgard Lane, Carolyn and Bob Kircher’s property was littered with 21 enormous pine trees toppled and ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.
“It looks like Godzilla walked through here,” said Mr. Kircher, as he surveyed the extensive damage last week.
The trees once formed a cathedral pine grove. “They were beautiful, but many of them are now broken in half,” said Mr. Kircher. “My wife dearly loved them.”

Mr. Kircher said the family watched as a “huge wind gust tore up the valley” toward their home, which is off Mountain Road. “We saw and heard the trees falling,” he said.
However, Mr. Kircher said he feels fortunate no one in his family was hurt. “We are lucky,” he said.
Another example of this type of damage occurred immediately after the storm when a large tree blocked three lanes of Route 7 near Arrowhead Road but was removed Wednesday.
Mr. Kircher said the damage to his property might have been worse, if not for some pre-emptive action by CL&P. “About a month ago, CL&P came up the street and trimmed some of the trees that were too close to the power lines,” he said.
Downed trees in Sandy’s aftermath caused 117 roads to be blocked in town on Tuesday. Twenty U.S. Forest Service chain saw operators assisted the Department of Public Works crews with tree clearing work.