Expert: Trees fall for several reasons, can be saved

PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — Portland area residents were shocked by the large number of big trees that fell during the arctic blast that first hit on Jan. 13. Well over 1,000 likely fell in all three counties, and possibly a lot more.

Many knocked down electric lines, creating widespread power outages. All MAX trains were halted by debris on the tracks and damage to overhead power lines. Some trees damaged and even crushed cars and houses. Two people were killed when trees fell on their homes, a man in Lake Oswego and a woman in Southeast Portland staying in an RV with its owner and another person.

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“Someone was able to get my dad out he was taken to the hospital & thankfully he will be ok. Sadly a friend passed away in the accident. My dad lost everything he owned even though it wasn’t much it was all he had,” Trina Byrd, the owner’s daughter, wrote on a GoFundMe webpages she started to raise money for her father.

The extent of the damage caused by falling trees stunned first responders.

“Trees have also fallen in many previous storms we’ve seen. In this event, there are a larger number of total tree failures than average,” said Mark Ross, a spokesperson for Portland Parks & Recreation, where the city arborists are employed in the Urban Forestry department.


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