Fallen trees cause power outages for about 2,500 Palo Alto Utilities customers | Town Square

Fallen trees cause power outages for about 2,500 Palo Alto Utilities customers | Town Square

High winds and blustery conditions caused trees to down in Palo Alto, where two separate power outages on Tuesday affected about 2,500 Palo Alto Utilities customers.

Read the whole story here. Web link posted on Tuesday March 14, 2023 12:20 pm

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Written by Anne
a resident of Professorville
14 hours ago

Anneke is a registered user.

I just sent this to the Palo Alto City Council:

Dear City Council Members,

I’ve tried three times to send this message to the relevant department in town, but each time just before I click send, the whole message disappears. Hence my fourth attempt to send it to you.

Our huge decades-old oak tree fell yesterday afternoon. It could easily have killed one or more people.

It was a miracle the tree didn’t hit our house or my husband and dog like it had a short time before in the back yard, but it did hit our neighbor’s back wall and roof. We don’t yet know the extent of the damage.

We contacted our tree service, SP McClenahan. They came out immediately and estimated the removal of the tree at at least $10,000. Also, we need to reconstruct a new fence between the houses and one in our back. In addition, we want to plant another stately tree in place of the fallen oak tree.

A few years ago we contacted the Palo Alto City Arborist and asked for permission to remove some heavy branches because the tree was getting too big and heavy and we felt it was dangerous to our home, us, the surrounding homes and our neighbors . The tree care authority rejected this on the grounds that half of the tree stood on city property (back street) and was a protected tree.

For this reason we would like to ask the city to help us share this unexpectedly high cost for us.


Anneke Dempsey
1036 Bryant St
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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