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Timber! Forty-foot-tall tree falls down on Middlefield Road

Original post made on Dec 10, 2019

A 40-foot-tall Chinese elm tree collapsed on Middlefield Road in Palo Alto early Tuesday morning, blocking northbound lanes until 3 a.m., according to city Urban Forester Walter Passsmore.

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Posted by Crowds
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 10, 2019 at 2:41 pm

Maybe it was the crowds of people coming to see the Christmas Creche.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 10, 2019 at 4:31 pm

Very lucky in the timing of this. At almost any other time during the day this road is very busy and pedestrians, bikes and cars could have been hit. Not only that, but the traffic congestion this would have caused during the morning or afternoon commute.

Very pleased nobody was hurt.


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Posted by Question
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 10, 2019 at 4:34 pm

@Crowds,
I'm just curious -- did you mean to be snarky? Or not? Was your comment just willfully ignorant, or did you cast aspersions on something completely unrelated to root decay fungus on purpose?

It's more just very lucky that this happened at night rather than during rush hour.

The creche exhibit is lovely. I've never seen hoards of people walking over tree roots. (Is it just that you have nothing better to do?)


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Posted by Scotty
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

Scotty is a registered user.

Did anyone actually hear it fall?


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Posted by bikermom
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Dec 10, 2019 at 9:24 pm

It probably fell over from all of the dewatering that goes on in Palo Alto. Dried up roots and just gave way. There's a little snarky for you. And why in the world would someone have a problem with the lovely Christmas Creche which invites everyone from the community to come see and spread Christmas cheer.


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