Blizzard causes the worst tree damage on campus since 1997
The blizzard last Wednesday caused the worst storm-related tree damage at MIT since the April Fool’s Storm on April 1st, 1997, according to Norman H. Magnuson, Jr., Manager of Ground Services in the Department of Facilities. The storm destroyed at least three entire trees near East Campus and one in front of Burton Conner.
A woman unaffiliated with MIT was hit in the back of the neck by a falling tree branch across the street from the Whitehead Institute at the intersection of Main and Vassar Streets. According to Lieutenant Kenneth J. Albert of East Cambridge Fire Department’s Engine 3, she did not lose consciousness. Magnuson said he was unaware of anyone from MIT being hit or hurt by falling branches.
Bartlett Tree Service, hired to clean up while MIT staff were busy clearing the snow, was still clearing branches yesterday. Magnuson was unaware of any other damage from the storm. As of yesterday morning, Magnuson did not know how much the cleanup was costing MIT.