Watch for falling tree limbs

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From the Burbank Leader:

Burbank resident Marina Manukian, at home on Thursday October 8, 2009, shows a photo of a branch that fell on her car in August, 2009. (Raul Roa/Leader)

Burbank resident Marina Manukian, at home on Thursday October 8, 2009, shows a photo of a branch that fell on her car in August, 2009. (Raul Roa/Leader)

BURBANK — Marina Manukian pulled her Infiniti G35 into a curbside parking space across the street from her Andover Drive home just 10 minutes before a large tree limb came crashing down.

“I heard a big bang and then saw that a parkway tree limb had fallen onto the roof, trunk and smashed the window,” Manukian said of the Aug. 4 incident. “If it happened just a few minutes earlier I could have been badly hurt, or killed.”

Falling limbs, pine cones and fruit have become a common side effect of an urban canopy in an semi-arid urban environment that’s home to some 30,000 city-owned trees of varying species.

As is the case in cities across the country, dozens of residents annually report damage to their vehicles and property caused by snapped branches. Last fiscal year, 32 claims for damages were filed against Burbank, and 20 have been filed since July.

Read the full story here.

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 9, 2009 at 2:03 pm

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