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Erosion creates unsafe tree

Posted: April 18, 2008 1:09 a.m.
Updated: June 19, 2008 5:02 a.m.

A large portion of an oak tree's roots are exposed along Placerita Canyon Road, threatening to topple it onto the road.

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An oak tree dangling over Placerita Canyon Road and a utility line could be just one windy gust or rainstorm away from crashing to the ground.

The city of Santa Clarita is scheduled to remove the tree by Monday, according to Byron Moline, general services manager for the city. The tree sits atop a roadside hill and years of water erosion have eaten away at the hillside, exposing the tree's roots. A resident became concerned that the tree could fall at any time.

The tree is about a mile past the Placerita Canyon Nature Center's main entrance, east of Highway 14. "It seems to be continually eroding away," said Frank Hoffman, recreational services supervisor at the nature center. "Any big rain or any big wind and it just might very well come down."

He said the tree is on private property and said he only noticed the erosion a few weeks ago.

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