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Fleming fallen tree

Fleming Fire Department 2 First Assistant Chief Bill Breck watches as Nelson Tree Service trims a fallen willow tree away from an utility pole at the intersection of Route 38 and Mobbs Road in Fleming Tuesday.

FLEMING — A fallen tree off of Route 38 in Fleming caused a portion of the road to be closed for nearly an hour Tuesday afternoon.

Across from the intersection of Mobbs Road and state Route 38, also known as West Lake Road, a large leg of a willow tree — about one-third of the tree — fell on a utility pole, Fleming Highway Superintendent Kerry Smith said at the scene.

He said that a concerned passerby called when they saw the tree arching over the utility pole and power lines.

The Fleming Fire Department was on the scene first, Smith said, although nothing needed to be extinguished.

"It didn't catch real good fire yet," Smith said, explaining that there were only some sparks and smoke on the right side of the utility pole.

Smith said crews got to the scene around 11:45 a.m. and West Lake Road was closed for about a two mile stretch from Forest Hill Drive down to Stone School Road. The roads were closed from about 12:15 p.m. until nearly 1 p.m.

Nelson Tree Service was already doing trimming on some county roads nearby, Smith said, so it was able to get to the scene quickly to help trim the tree. NYSEG was also on the scene, but Smith said that the power remained on and the tree was trimmed while the wires were still live.

"We're just watching traffic, making sure no one gets hurt," Smith said around 12:40 p.m., adding that safety of residents was the main priority.

There were no injuries from the incident and crews began packing up to leave the scene around 12:45 p.m. 

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Staff writer Megan Ehrhart can be reached at (315) 282-2244 or megan.ehrhart@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @MeganEhrhart.

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