|Oak tree down: Saturday Jan 21, 2012, 8 AM.|
Living among the redwoods is not without its perils--one of which is falling trees. During the summer the trees grow bushy and top-heavy; then winter rains loosen the soil around the roots and some trees succumb to the force of gravity. Every year during the first big rain we can count on losing electricity for a day or so when a tree falls across a power line. Trees have been known to fall on cars and even houses during the redwood rainy season.
Saturday morning, after a night of heavy rain, I was awoken at 8 AM by the sound of a big tree falling somewhere close by and the "beep-beep" of my computer's UPS switching to battery power. I put on my robe and walked up to the road to check on my car and the neighbor's houses. I found that a big oak had fallen across the main access road to our little community as well as taking down power, telephone and cable lines. The stress on the lines had also snapped a power pole which fed the rest of the neighborhood. Until the tree was removed, which was accomplished by Davey Tree around 2 PM, the PG&E crews could not get in to repair the damage.
|Electric power pole snapped by fallen tree.|
These guys went straight to work, pulled out the stump of the old power pole, drilled a new hole, then rigged and erected a new pole on the spot. But the wires were still down and it was getting dark.
|Drilling the hole for new power pole (on right).|
|PG&E workers rigging the new pole in the dark.|
|Night creatures refilling our homes with charged Fermions.|