Nearly two weeks have passed since four tornadoes ripped through the San Antonio area, but recovery efforts are still underway.
A new initiative led by Mayor Ivy Taylor, District 1 City Councilman Roberto Trevino and District 10 City Councilman Mike Gallagher entails giving away free trees to neighbors. City Forester Ross Hosea said about 500 trees were brought down by the storm back in February.
Now, the program will help neighborhoods living in Districts one and 10 replace them. Both districts saw the most damage. Roger Curry has lived in the area all his life.
“My fondest memories of my house is the trees and playing in the trees,” Curry said. “Raking leaves, the smell of the leaves.”
City tree mitigation funds will be used to plant up to two trees at each neighbor's home. Hosea said they will be trees known to hold up to bad weather and that are resistant to oak wilt disease.
“We're using very large trees for this planting effort in the 30 gallon size,” Hosea said. “Most of these trees are going to be 10 to 12 feet high already and we picked trees that we knew grew fairly fast, but grew for a long time.”
Residents living in the two districts can apply for the tree planting program by calling 3-1-1 or by reaching out to their neighborhood association.