On Thursday afternoon just before school was let out for the day, 70-mile-per-hour winds blew over a very large oak tree across Center Street in Etna. We all are so grateful and counting our blessings that no one was harmed. Quick response times from Etna Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Fort Jones Fire Department had the scene secure as power lines were also knocked down.. minutes later this route is used by the school buses to pick up the kids from elementary school, and students walking home.
Photo from 1902
Balfrey Corner, the four-way by the city park and Catholic Church. I was so sure that the trees were very very old that I quickly looked through the historical records at Chico State and ran across this gem.
The Oak hit the ground so hard that it busted the water main! On its way down shattered a power pole knocked the eave off the garage off of an AirBnB which was unoccupied at the time. And Killed a much-loved and borrowed car.
The ground shuddered under me as the log rolled, which made me wonder what it was like when it actually hit the street. It did crack the water main doing down the street.