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Vancouver crews clean up trees felled by windstorm

The Columbian
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City of Vancouver employee Jason Oldham cuts a large fir tree into chunks at Carter Park on Monday as cleanup continues after the Dec.
City of Vancouver employee Jason Oldham cuts a large fir tree into chunks at Carter Park on Monday as cleanup continues after the Dec. 11 wind storm. Photo Gallery

City trees that didn’t survive the Dec. 11 windstorm are still being cleaned up, including three felled trees Monday at Carter Park in west Vancouver.

Loretta Callahan, spokeswoman for the city’s public works department, said crews have not had time to survey all of the city’s parks and facilities to determine the full impact of the storm because they are still concentrating on removing hazards, such as fallen trees that are blocking streets or trees that are in danger of falling because of damage sustained during the storm.

The National Weather Service in Portland reported a top gust of 60 mph at Pearson Field in Vancouver, and the storm knocked power out for more than 60,000 Clark Public Utilities customers, more than one third of its total customer base.

In addition to three trees at Carter Park, Callahan said the timber death toll so far includes one fir tree at Old Apple Tree park — the park’s namesake survived — four trees on the grounds of Officers Row, and a total of four or five trees at LeRoy Haagen Memorial Park, South Cliff Park and David Douglas Park.

As of Monday morning, crews had collected more than 200 cubic yards, the estimated equivalent of 20 full dump trucks, of trees and large limbs and branches, Callahan said.

Another 82 cubic yards worth of trees and related debris was cleaned up Monday.

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