Grove’s oak trees topple during storm, but it was only a matter of time

Two of the ancient white oaks at the Grove toppled over during Thursday’s storm. Photo by Mark Niedhammer

LAKEVILLE — Two massive white oak trees blew down at the town Grove during Thursday’s storm.

First Selectman Curtis Rand, who also is a forester, said the trees were quite old and ailing. The one that fell first and took out the second had “significant root loss.” The second tree “was completely rotten in the trunk.”

Rand said some of the white oaks at the Grove are 300 years old. “These are pre-settlement trees.”

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