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Portion of large oak tree falls in Morgan City park

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Posted at 3:32 PM, Jul 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-17 18:39:32-04

One of the large oak trees that lines a park in Morgan City has fallen.

The City of Morgan City announced that half of one of their generation live oak trees in Lawrence Park came down on Saturday morning.

The area of the park where the tree has fallen along with a playground nearby is roped off for safety.

The trees in that park, the city says, date back over 100 years.

"It is believed that they were planted not long after the Civil War ended and the park was donated to the City the same year we became incorporated in 1860. That parcel of land was fortified for the Civil War and later donated to the City to be 'a park for the people' and nothing else," they say.

Officials say that they will be able to save a part of the fallen tree and hope to have something special made from it.

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They ask that residents and visitors avoid the area as the stability of the other half of the oak tree is unknown.

"We will let you all know when its back open," the city says.

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