High winds blow over tree on Chenery, crush car

Monday afternoon’s high winds blew over a tree in the 800 block of Chenery Street, crushing a car windshield and sheering off a mirror. Branches flew over 20 feet away. The roots of the tree had been bricked in to a small space, unclear if that affected the tree’s stability.

car

full tree

windshield
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side mirror

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root ball

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3 responses to “High winds blow over tree on Chenery, crush car

  1. Mic

    “The roots of the tree had been bricked in to a small space” – Whoever blocked in the tree’s roots should be held responsible for the wind’s collateral damage.
    Property owners who make aesthetic choices like this will inevitably choke off the lifeblood -its access to air and water- and shorten the lifespan of their street tree.

  2. Shouldn’t bricking over that tree be considered an offense against the property owner anyhow? If it is illegal to pave your yard, then bricking over a tree’s roots should equally be a crime. I agree with Mic.

  3. Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure the bricks were added by the city not the homeowner. They are in many of the tree “wells” on Chenery. The other problem is that the wells are shallow. Some of them have cement a few feet down or the dirt was tamped down so hard when they were constructed the tree roots won’t grow down.

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