I quickly put this video together by splicing a bunch of videos I had taken on the same day, Nov. 1, 2012. The last segment is blurry for some unknown reason. Steven Spielberg I am not.
I was in the Princeton area today. Damage there is pretty bad and power outage is widespread. There are many downed trees in the area of the cemetery that faces Witherspoon Street so the whole street is blocked off beginning near the library as the tree removal service clears the street. If I recall correctly, the Princeton Elm “mother elm” tree was located in the cemetery. It was a very old tree that predated Dutch Elm disease. In fact, part of the tree was infected but the rest of the tree had developed some immunity to the disease. Most of the American Elms you see today are descendents of this tree. I don’t even want to think about what Washington Road might look like. That’s the road that leads out of Princeton that is lined on both sides by rows of mature elm trees that spread their canopies over the roadbed. They are beautiful trees, tall straight columns that fan out gracefully into a vase shape. The possibility of losing them makes me a little sick.
On the way down towards Lawrenceville, we saw a convoy of cherry pickers and power utility vehicles heading north on route 206 towards Princeton. The state on the license plates for all forty or so vehicles- Missouri.
THANK YOU MISSOURI!