Wind storm causes minor damages in Estacada.
Large fir tree and power line down.
Becky Ginsbach / Estacada Eagle Jan 2, 2012
Mother Nature kicked up her heels in celebration of the
New Year, bringing in a batch of surprisingly strong wind
gusts, rain, hail and snow mix in the Estacada area. Strong
winds toppled a large fir tree and left clusters of broken
branches on the corner of 1st and Wade, directly above the
Estacada Veterans’ Memorial.
Several neighbors worked together to clean up the many
broken branches while awaiting the City of Estacada to
remove the large sections of the downed tree.
“I was really proud of the team work between homeowners
and Estacada Public Works employee, Paul Runyan. They
quickly responded and took care of this situation. Everyone
worked on a Holiday, in the wind and rain, to clear the
road so that traffic could get by,” said Mayor Becky
The tree measured approximately 24 inches in diameter,
was at least 50 feet long and it took out a second tree when
it fell. Residents in the area said if the tree fallen in the
opposite direction, it would have rolled down the hill and
into the Estacada Veterans Memorial.
A local resident had been walking her dog in the direct
location just a couple of minutes before the tree fell.
“It’s a good thing that no one was coming around the
corner when the tree fell, or it potentially could have a far
worse outcome,” said Rita Perry, owner of one of the
affected homes nearby.
The Estacada Rural Fire Department and PGE were called
to the 36000 block of SE Coupland Rd in Estacada for
downed power lines due to a fallen tree. While PGE has
numerous customers without power in the Metro area,
fortunately there is only one address without power in the
Estacada Area at this time.
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