The 30-foot Christmas tree in the Mark Twain Boyhood Home Mall was being set back up Monday after blowing over Saturday.

Among the casualties of Saturday’s high winds, which at times reached 45 mph in northeast Missouri, was the Christmas tree located in the Mark Twain Boyhood Home Mall.

The process of righting the blown over tree was undertaken Monday morning.

Chuck Rickey, buildings and groundskeeper supervisor for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, estimates it took an hour and a half to get the tree upright.

Steps were taken to better secure the tree.

“We put two 2 by 12s around the base of it, all the way around,” said Rickey. “We’re also doing guide wires to help stabilize it so the wind won’t topple it back over.”

Setting the tree upright was a chore.

“We had to use a lift. A 30-foot tree is about 900 pounds,” he said.

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