East Nashvillians had hardly finished celebrating a year of rebuilding from the April 16, 1998, tornado when nature decided to send another blast.
Last week’s heavy stormswhich have been labeled everything from straight-line winds to a mini-tornadoskipped down a similar path as 1998’s tornado. Lockeland Springs and parts of Rosebank hit hardest in 1998 were spared, though the lack of damage may have more to do with the lack of available trees and limbs.
But Shelby Park, which was relatively unscathed last year, took a major hit. Randall Lantz, superintendent of horticulture for Metro Parks, estimates that Shelby lost 70 to 80 trees.
“These were the big, mature hardwoods,” Lantz says. “This was much worse than the tornado last year.”
The winds took down trees on Davidson Drive and then headed up the hill toward Shelby Community Center before hitting the golf course. Most of the trees were uprooted, as opposed to broken off with stumps intact, probably because the ground had been softened by rain, Lantz says.
Luckily, the Shelby Bottomsa trophy in the city’s planned greenways systemwere mostly spared from the destruction.
Park visitors will notice that the picnic area and other parts of the park are sunnier than they used to be, Lantz says, but otherwise the park should heal. He adds that Metro is talking with the ReLeaf program about replacing some of the lost trees.
As far as cleanup, Lantz says the city may see if a lumber company can come in and take the hardwood. But broken trees will be part of the park landscape for the near future.
Or until next spring blows something else down.
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