JAMES CITY COUNTY -- Hurricane Irene brought down a lot of trees and tree limbs - many of them so big that professional tree removal companies are the only ones with equipment to do the work.
However, officials are warning people to be on guard for people who approach them - unsolicited - to do the work.
James City County officials say a potential tree removal scheme has been reported in the First Colony area.
"Apparently, they are going door-to-door and are asking for cash up front with a promise to return later to do tree work,"Jody Puckett with James City County told WVEC.com.
"They say they have done work for other property owners in the neighborhood as a reference, but when folks check with their neighbors, they do not know anything about these people," Puckett added.
Among the tips to protect yourself, always ask or check for the person/company's certification, professional affiliation, advertisements, references, get written estimates and NEVER give money up front.
Meantime, curbside debris pick up begins September 6 for residential vegetative debris from the hurricane. The Jolly Pond Convenience Center is open for the disposal of trash and vegetative debris. Vehicles must use Chickahominy Road and Cranston’s Mill Pond Road to access the Convenience Center.