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Tree falls on car in Lompoc

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Photo courtesy Alicia Grigg Photo courtesy Alicia Grigg
Photo courtesy Alicia Grigg Photo courtesy Alicia Grigg

Some Lompoc residents on East Oak Street woke up to tree limbs and broken glass Friday morning when branches fell onto a car. It was the second day in a row that large trees have fallen on property around the city. 

"Well, we all came running out to see what happened and you basically couldn't see the car," said Maricela Leyva, Lompoc resident.

The limbs of the Brazilian Pepper tree failed and fell on top of Leyva's sons' car.

"I was angry because I had already called the city in April to come and take a look at the tree. I wouldn't be calling if I didn't think the tree was a danger," she said.

Early Friday morning, a city crew removed the broken tree limbs from the car.

Codie Blea, the Urban Forestry Division Supervisor, apologized for not getting back to the resident in a timely manner but says his four-man tree crew has to tend to the city's thousands of trees.

"We understand that the residents wanted it trimmed and legitimately it's heavy, but we had many others trees that were heavier than that, so for us to prioritize trees, we go there first. So, if you know the kink in the armor is that sometimes, either myself or my staff doesn't get back to the resident in a timely manner, for that all I can do is apologize," Blea said.
 
On Thursday, across town on South H Street, a large Italian Stone Pine fell on cars and apartments. 

The city says this may not be the last of the falling trees as they are still extremely stressed. 

"The trees are lacking moisture going up into their cells. The humidity that we've had, that tends to add to it, too. It makes the sap run with the heat, so now you have a tree that's weak and now the branches are heavy due to sap and now they will fail," Blea said.

If you see a tree in Lompoc that appears hazardous, call (805) 875-8034.

The Leyva family filed a claim with the city; however, it's up to investigators and the city's attorney to decide whether damages will be paid.  

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