With the weekend storm knocking down so many trees, a chainsaw is a precious commodity in much of South Jersey.
Melissa Mulharin works at Teps Power Equipment in Millville, New Jersey. She says the shop has been busy ever since the high winds came through on Friday night.
“This area that we are in is so bad nobody has power, it’s very scattered trees are down everywhere. A lot of customers are looking for generators and chain saws,” said Mulharin.
Mulharin says both saws and generators sold out over the weekend and she’s trying to get emergency shipments. She worries many people are trying to cut fallen trees without knowing how to do it safely.
“When you are going through a big tree, especially if one is leaning up against something and you don’t know what direction the cut needs to go [for the tree] to fall the right way, you are going to damage something else, your house, a property, a person,” Mulharin said. “There’s so many things that can happen from that.”
She says the best advice is to hire a professional, even if that means waiting to get that tree cleared.