Floodwaters that have swamped Omaha parks could kill a considerable number of trees in the area, but city officials say it’s too early to know the extent of the damage.
“It is hard on trees to be underwater that long,” said parks director Melinda Pearson. “But we won’t know until we get there.”
Some trees, especially those at the now-submerged N.P. Dodge Park, are showing signs of stress.
Floodwaters keep trees’ root systems from getting the oxygen they need, which effectively starves them to death.
But trees that have turned yellow from stress aren’t necessarily dead, Pearson said.
“The quicker the water recedes, the quicker they’ll recover,” she said. “We don’t expect all the yellow trees down there will be dead, but we do expect to lose some.”