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Fallen Eucalyptus near El Encanto
updated: Dec 05, 2012, 8:08 AM

By the Urban Hikers

Before daybreak on Wednesday morning, a huge tree fell in a Riviera neighborhood, near the El Encanto Hotel. At approximately 4:00 a.m. the eucalyptus came crashing down, taking with it nearby power lines. As a result, residents of the surrounding area lost electrical power and Alvarado and Lasuen Roads were closed to traffic and pedestrians.

Fire crews remained on scene to monitor the live electrical wires, and awaiting the arrival of Edison Company representatives. It took Edison, which has no local crews, approximately two hours to provide the necessary crew, during which time SBFD stood by.

Power will be out in the area and the two roads will remain closed until Edison crews and City Public Works crews are able to complete their clean-up work.

Santa Barbara Fire responded with and Engine #3.

A subscriber sends in photos of the downed tree at El Encanto. [pics] (12/06/12)
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A subscriber reports that a large tree caused an early morning power outage. [pic] (12/06/12)
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