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Winds topple a few trees in the SCV

Posted: February 20, 2014 4:55 p.m.
Updated: February 20, 2014 4:55 p.m.

A pine tree toppled by high winds Wednesday night lay in the street after falling around 8:30 p.m. Louie Gallardo/Video Specialties

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High winds that roared through the Santa Clarita Valley toppled a tree onto Seco Canyon Road on Wednesday night and downed some other trees around Santa Clarita, but overall the area escaped major damage, officials reported.

“A pine tree near Garzota Drive and Seco that belonged to the apartment complex fell in the right-of-way,” said Santa Clarita spokesman Evan Thomason. A team from the city’s Urban Forestry Division responded to clear away the tree, which blocked three lanes of traffic but hit no cars and caused no injuries.

Three other city trees fell, Thomason said, but they posed no hazard and were cleaned up Thursday.

The city has a hotline for residents to report downed trees that obstruct traffic or pose a public hazard after hours. The number is: 661-290-2222. County residents can call 800-675-HELP.

National Weather Service forecasters say the 60-mph winds Wednesday night would diminish through the rest of the week, with gusts of only 5 to 10 mph through the weekend.

Highs were forecast to hit 81 degrees Friday and in the 70s through the weekends.




ricketzz: Posted: February 21, 2014 6:02 a.m.

That tree never had a chance. Who planted it? Fly by night Landscaping?

johnnyrock: Posted: February 21, 2014 8:40 a.m.


ricketzz: Posted: February 22, 2014 5:12 a.m.

A pine should handle high winds without breaking off at ground level. The pines in the San Fernando Pass have 90 degree horizontal bends from the winds, but the roots hold steady. I don't like to see trees abused.

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