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More than 100 city owned trees damaged by winter salt

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The city of Toledo says about 147 trees planted in the downtown area were damaged by the salt used during the brutal winter. Toledo got more snow in the winter of 2013-2014 than any year on record. That meant road crews spreading much more salt than normal.

Some of that salt made its way off of roadways and damaged trees. Some of the 147 are dead, while others are dying. Most are downtown, on Superior Street, Jackson Avenue and Monroe Street.  

Dennis Garvin, the city's Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commissioner says the salt used to treat the roads, sidewalks and walkways downtown burned out the soil at the bottom of the tree.

"Most of it, as it melts would run off the sidewalk, but these tree wells, these areas cut out of the sidewalk where trees are growing, dirt is absorbent and it got in there and has an effect on 147 trees," said Garvin.

Garvin says it's hard to say how much it will cost the city to replace the trees and remove contaminated soil.

The city's hope is that new trees will be planted in the fall.

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