High winds knock down trees, limbs


The Pacific storm that roared into the Bay Area this morning with significant rainfall and heavy winds has downed trees and limbs in Palo Alto.

A tree fell across two lanes of Page Mill Road near Deer Creek Road at 10 a.m., blocking two lanes of traffic.

City workers were on the scene by 10:25 a.m. moving the tree to allow vehicles to pass.

Downed trees have also broken electric lines and caused power outages in the Barron Park neighborhood and in the 1900 block of University Ave., according Police Sgt. Sandra Brown.

"We have problems all over the place," she said.

Around 10:30 a.m., firefighters were called out to the Birch Court condominiums in Evergreen Park, where water was pooling in an interior cement courtyard.

The water spilled into one ground level apartment, neighbor Lyman Ladner said, brooms in both hands as he pushed water toward the drain.

Association President Peter Holland, who had planned to be at work Friday, rushed to Ace Hardware to purchase a pump, which pulled water out of the courtyard rather than down the drain, because the storm drains were clogged, he said.

The firefighters worked to clear the drains on Grant Avenue and Birch Street, before leaving, Capt. Mike Cameron said.

The courtyard hadn't flooded in at least two decades, Holland said.

To keep the water out of his unit, John Johnson had piled old sheets of flooring and books, including a trigonometry text book to soak up the water.

Along with several other neighbors, he was also sweeping the water away from the building.

Shortly after 11 a.m., the water had begun to subside.

-- Don Kazak and Becky Trout


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2008 at 11:47 am

Just what we expect, trees falling bringing down power lines. The only places where this won't happen is where the powerlines are underground. The rest of us must continue to wait and see if we are the lucky ones this weekend.

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