SHELBURNE, Mass. (WWLP) – Wednesday’s storms brought down power lines and flooded and closed roads in Franklin County. Apex Orchards in Shelburne lost 80 apple trees during the storm Wednesday.
At times, the storm delivered strong gusts of wind and heavy rain. Apex Orchards’ owners told 22News, they believe those trees came down because the ground was so saturated from all the rain. And because of that saturation, the trees didn’t have a strong enough foundation to withstand the winds from yesterday’s storms.
Timothy Smith of Apex Orchards told 22News, “It’s going to be a loss for the apples and, more importantly, it’s going to be a loss for the trees. We’re going to have to pull them all out and start over again. These trees right here are only five years old now.”
Now, the orchard is tasked with replacing those trees. Timothy Smith told 22News that this is first time they’ve lost trees during a storm.
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