The Texas Forest Service is warning homeowners about the dangers of drought-stricken dead trees.
Business is booming in Texas, and not just the oil and gas business. Tree trimmers are raking in the bucks after last year's drought killed an estimated 500 million trees.
"I've been so swamped, we've had to call in reinforcements" from other states, arborist Glen Jennings told NBCDFW.com.
The Texas Forest Service, which estimates 5.6 million trees died in urban areas, urged homeowners to be pro-active about removing dead trees -- before they land on neighboring property.
"Be aware that your tree could fall onto someone else’s property," service official Jim Rooni said in a statement Thursday. "he rules vary from place to place, but generally the owner of the tree is responsible. Bottom line: You could be liable."
Jennings was stunned by the amount of dead trees across the state.
"I, personally, have never been in the middle of something like this before," he said. "Small droughts, yeah, but statewide?"