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Huge oak to move Wednesday

4 years ago May 08, 2011 May 8, 2011 Sunday, May 08 2011 Sunday, May 08, 2011 10:02:24 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW IBERIA, La.- Weather permitting, a huge oak tree in Iberia Parish will be moved this week about 1 ½ miles from the spot where it has stood for about 150 years.

Jonathan Judice, vice president of Environmental Design Inc., says the weather must be dry and still. He says any moisture in the soil will cause problems, since the tree alone weighs about 400 tons. And wind would catch the tree like a sail.

The state Department of Transportation and Development says the move is currently scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The tree's so big that U.S. 90 will be closed for several hours during the move.

The state originally planned to cut down the tree to make way for a service road which now stops on either side of the tree.

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