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Fallen tree ties up Main Street

Photo by Gail Joiner

"I realized something was wrong when I heard horns honking and brakes squealing," said City Marshal James "Charlie" Hicks, mid-morning on Thursday, April 11. The consternation came as a result of a 30-foot hackberry tree that had taken a tumble in the 400 block of Main Street, completely blocking the northbound lane of Highway 16. To prevent a traffic snarl, Hicks directed motorists onto the improved shoulder of the southbound lane. According to Hicks, the tree's rotten roots had apparently led to the spectacular photo op. He said that after chainsaw-toting city work crews arrived on the scene, it took only about 20 minutes to alleviate the situation. A question remains, however: If a tree falls in Bandera, would anyone hear it?