(PHOTOS) – Decatur law firm moves temporarily after historic tree fallsContractors for Southland Tree Service remove parts of a 300-year-old red oak tree that fell along East Ponce De Leon Avenue on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
By Dena Mellick, Associate editor
A Decatur law firm was forced to temporarily move offices while repairs get under way to fix damage left by a 300-year-old red oak tree that fell in June.
The historic tree barely missed a man who was working at Trinity Title Insurance’s offices on East Ponce De Leon Avenue. The giant oak came down during a storm on June 18.
Larry McDaniel, founder and principal owner of Trinity Title Insurance, said the operation was moving this week to temporary offices in the Fidelity Bank building.
He told Decaturish he is still awaiting an engineers’ report on the repair work. McDaniel said they are also trying to determine how to dispose of the massive stump. He said a 20-ton crane tried to remove the stump previously and was unable to lift it.
McDaniel previously told Decaturish that a flag pole, installed by his father who bought the building with him 28 years ago, actually helped prevent more damage. “The flag pole that my dad had built 20-some odd years ago and installed right by that front corner is now in the shape of a “C”… that helped deflect some of it too when it went down,” McDaniel said.
You can see the flag pole curved into the building in the photos below.