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Burlington Street in Iowa City reopens, fallen tree removed

A fallen tree closed off a portion of Burlington Street in Iowa City Monday, June 19, 2017. Photo contributed from the City of Iowa City
A fallen tree closed off a portion of Burlington Street in Iowa City Monday, June 19, 2017. Photo contributed from the City of Iowa City
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IOWA CITY — The portion of Burlington Street in Iowa City that temporarily closed for a fallen tree has reopened.

After about five hours, Burlington Street has reopened between Muscatine Avenue and Summit Street. The road had been closed after a large white oak fell onto the street at around 7 a.m. Monday. Rot in the tree’s trunk appears to be the cause, said Juli Seydell Johnson, Iowa City’s director of parks and recreation.

Seydell Johnson said the tree fell away from nearby houses and into the street, narrowly missing power lines.

“We were very fortunate, it’s a huge tree,” she said.

The north sidewalk along Burlington Street remains closed due to damage caused by the tree’s impact, a Monday release states.

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