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City Of Denver Offers Tips If A Tree Hits Your Car Due To Heavy Snow

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Maggie Zawalski was getting ready to go to her yoga class on Friday morning when she found an unpleasant surprise on her truck.

Video Transcript

- Well, many people are dealing with the trouble left behind this week from that wet, heavy snow. It was too much for some trees, and that did lead to some property damage. Justin Adams gives us a closer look and tells us what to do if one of those broken trees busted your car.

JUSTIN ADAMS: Maggie Zawalski was getting ready to go to a yoga class on Friday morning when she found an unpleasant surprise on her truck.

MAGGIE ZAWALSKI: I keep calling it a branch. It's huge.

JUSTIN ADAMS: A tree snapped from above and caused this damage to her side mirror and gas tank.

MAGGIE ZAWALSKI: The one thing that's broken is on my truck. So, you know, it sucks.

JUSTIN ADAMS: It was a similar story all throughout Capitol Hill as power lines and broken trees blocked the streets.

So what should you do if a tree lands on your car? Scott Gilmore, who is the Deputy Manager for Denver Parks and Recreation, says your first call should be to your insurance company.

SCOTT GILMORE: That's who's going to take care of your car and repair your car, get your car repaired.

JUSTIN ADAMS: Next, call a certified arborist to get the tree removed.

SCOTT GILMORE: You want to find a company that actually will be able to remove the tree and pick it up safely and trim your tree up and make sure your tree is taken care of.

JUSTIN ADAMS: If a tree is blocking an intersection, call 311 so the city can remove it. But if there are any downed power lines, call Xcel and dial 911 immediately.

But perhaps the easiest way to prevent any tree damage to your car is to simply brush the snow off the branches, if you can.

SCOTT GILMORE: During storms like this, you need to get out and tap the branches and make sure that the heavy, wet snow is knocked off, and it'll help avoid the branches breaking on your trees and coming down.

JUSTIN ADAMS: Justin Adams, covering Colorado First.