A massive city-maintained deodar cedar tree that had been partially uprooted this weekend by strong winds was cut down on Monday to keep it from bringing down power lines and crashing onto the roof of an Encinas Drive home.
The tree was as much as 90 years old and its hold had been weakened by damaged roots, said arborist Felix Hernandez of a city-contracted team sent to remove it.
Resident Jeremiah Arnold said he called the Los Angeles County Fire Department on Sunday to assess the 60-foot tall tree in front of his home after he and his wife saw that it was leaning up against the wires and over his neighbors’ home.
“We noticed that the landscaping [near the roots] was lifted up and the tree was actually leaning up against the power lines,” Arnold said.
On the recommendation of firefighters from nearby Fire Station 19, neighbors James and Carol Stoker temporarily evacuated their home Sunday afternoon as a precautionary measure, James Stoker said.