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A Tree Falls

In Dolores Heights on October 4, 2009 at 12:43 pm

My neighbor, John Duinn reports on major drama Saturday night.

Approx 7:00-7:30 last night, a tree fell down in the center divide in
Liberty street, blocking the street. It had been standing in the
center divide in Liberty street, outside the front door of the
apartment block at 380 Liberty, near the corner with Sanchez.

By the time I got home, someone had
called and DPW were already on scene. It was quite a mess, with bits
of wood everywhere, including my doorstep a couple of doors downhill.
I chatted with them for a while, and they showed me just how rotted
the tree was; it was totally decayed right through the center, soft
spongy wood that you could squeeze with your fingertips, and just
needed the windy night to bring it down. Luckily, no-one was injured,
and no cars were parked at the red-kerb at the time.

While standing in the midst of it all, DPW looked quickly at the
other trees nearby, and thought they were much younger healthier
trees, swaying in the wind like healthy trees should, and hence not
similarly diseased.

I found them super efficient, and really friendly, while working in
challenging circumstances. That particular team were not supposed to
be working last night, but got called in by SFcity because they had
so many trees down across the city, the usual crew couldnt keep up.
“got the phone call just as I was about to have dinner with the wife”
was one quote.

DPW finished the last of the chopping/shredding/chipping work approx
1:30am, and left the place spotless.


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