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Tree falls, crashes into Encinitas house

ENCINITAS — A 100-year-old Monterey cypress tipped over and fell on the house at 224 El Portal on Jan. 4, following recent downpours.
“It sounded like an earthquake,” Susie Weeks, who lives next to the house, said. “It came down real quick.”
Public works crews were on the scene within an hour of the fall and tree removal began in two hours.
The public works field maintenance supervisor said no one was in the house when the tree fell and damage was limited to the adjacent patio.
Encinitas has had few incidents of trees falling after this season’s rains. “We’re very fortunate, we’ve had very few compared with other cities,” the field maintenance supervisor said.
Public works crews trimmed trees on the street, including the one that fell, in November, but the 100-year-old tree was not marked as being in danger of falling.
An arborist report will help provide more information on the cause of the tree fall, so the city can help prevent a similar accident, Larry Watt, public works director, said.