Sonora, CA — A section of a huge evergreen tree hit two homes in the 400 block of South Stewart Street just before noon today.
“We heard a crash,” says neighbor Brian Gerton, “Then we ran outside and knocked on the neighbor’s doors to make sure no one was inside, which they weren’t, and then called the fire department.”
When the tree fell, it clipped another pine tree, which is causing worry for neighbor Erica Marsh, “We’re scared it’s going to come on us. They [fire officials] told us, if the winds pick up, it’s more than likely going to fall on top of our house, so we’re moving cars and trying to brace ourselves cause it’s not guaranteed it’s going to fall.”
Sonora Fire crews temporarily closed the road and inspected the damage to the homes, which involved a garage at one home and the roof of the other residence. Fire Engineer Tyler Piche says with the wind today and the stress on trees from the drought there is always a risk of them coming down. With regard to the damaged tree still standing, he says, “The probability of this tree coming down is there, but there’s no certain way to say if it will or not. They’ll have to have a certified tree person come out and inspect the tree.”
The Sonora Police Department closed off the roadway from East Lytton to Williams Street for more than a half hour as emergency crews assested the situation and cleared debris from the street. There is no estimate of damage to the homes at this time. Luckily, no one was injured in the incident.