Power outages, fallen trees reported in Palo Alto

Flash-flood warning lifted for Santa Clara County

A storm moving through the Bay Area on Sunday resulted in fallen tree branches on the Caltrain tracks in Palo Alto, causing delays up to one hour, as well as minor power outages.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Where were the tree branches on the train tracks? Glad this happened on a weekend when trains are running slower and stopping at all the stations. This could have been a major safety issue if it happened during rush hour when there are many express trains. Do trees near the train tracks need to be removed?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm

About time we had all our power underground. Any time it rains somewhere in Palo Alto, some of us lose power. Worse than a third world country.

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Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Jan 8, 2017 at 3:52 pm

@resident (of Downtown North):

Do you realize that if the City of Palo Alto removed all trees that could potentially cause damage, it would probably strip the city of 90% of its trees?

The oxygen we breathe comes from trees. There needs to be some level of thoughtful balance between the need for public safety and what the planet needs in terms of a sustainable ecology.

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Posted by qqpa
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 8, 2017 at 10:06 pm

Algae is where it is at for oxygen production on Earth.

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