On March 14th, during the latest atmospheric river, a large pine tree in Libby Park fell across and blocked Pleasant Hill Avenue. Sebastopol Public Works personnel worked through the afternoon clearing the tree.

According to Austin Murphy of the Press Democrat, “Sebastopol police closed Pleasant Hill Avenue, from Washington to Valentine Avenue, for about 90 minutes,” said Sgt. Charles Wong. “The violent uprooting of the tree appeared to have damaged an underground water main pipe, Wong said, which sent water gushing down the street. No one was injured by the falling tree,” he said.

After subsequent inspection by the city arborist, it was determined that two additional large pine trees were compromised when the original tree fell. In the interest of public safety and recommendation by the arborist that the compromised trees be removed as soon as possible, removal was scheduled for March 17. The public is advised to avoid the area where the work is being done.

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