The widening of Eisenhower with the construction of the railroad overpass bridge moved the utility lines closer to the trees, which became a hazard. The lines include a three-phase service feeding Cox Monett Hospital.
Lonnie Fulp said his late son, Greg, planted one of the two trees about 50 years ago. S
eeing the trees come down after reaching about 70 feet in height was difficult but necessary, Fulp said. The closeness of the trees to the power lines made use of a bucket truck too precarious.