HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say the state is plagued by millions of dead or dying trees at risk of falling, potentially putting the public at risk.

The Hartford Courant reports many of the trees are suffering from years of drought and damage from invasive insects such as the gypsy moth and emerald ash borer.

Local officials and private tree-care companies are trying to take down the trees most at risk of falling, but the large number is creating a backlog and some municipalities are running out of funding for tree removals.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Nursick says the problem will "easily outpace the capabilities of state forces."

University of Connecticut Extension System associate professor Tom Worthley says if the trees aren't removed soon, someone will get hurt or killed.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com