Volunteers pitch in to stack sectioned wood cut from downed trees due to the EF-2 tornado that tore through parts of East Port Orchard in December. (Merlyn Lehmkuhl photo)

Volunteers pitch in to stack sectioned wood cut from downed trees due to the EF-2 tornado that tore through parts of East Port Orchard in December. (Merlyn Lehmkuhl photo)

Tornado’s downed trees cut for use next year

Port Orchard volunteers pitch in with muscle power and chainsaws

PORT ORCHARD — Volunteers from the Port Orchard community brought their trucks, trailers and chainsaws, as well as muscle power, to haul cut wood destined for the South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank on March 10.

The helpers gathered at ground zero of the tornado damage — at Serenade and Harris Road, south of Lund Avenue near Safeway. That’s where dozens of downed trees from the December EF-2 tornado were cut into sections by chainsawing crews and awaited transfer to a location where the wood could be stacked and cured for use next year.

The sectioned wood carved from the once-towering firs was donated by the property owners whose trees were downed by the fast-moving twister.

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