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Large Tree Falls, Damages House

by ARLnow.com — February 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm 1,015 13 Comments

(Updated at 4:00 p.m.) A large tree has fallen and damaged a home on the 3800 block of North Vernon Street, in the Old Glebe neighborhood.

The falling tree took utility lines down with it. Dominion Power has shut down power to the lines and has a crew on the scene.

A number of incidents of downed trees and power lines have been reported around Arlington today as a result of the high winds.

  • MIchael H.

    I know this isn’t Arlington news, but the National Christmas Tree was toppled today by the strong winds. The National Park Service will plant a replacement tree in a few weeks.

  • libs

    Wow, the wind here is crazy. H aven’t even gone outside yet, but am on 10th street and you cannnot not hear it!

  • DT

    Man, isn’t this the same neighborhood that was affected by that water main break where the utility worker was electrocuted?

    • Rick

      Same neighborhood, but the main break was 3 blocks over at Glebe/Old Glebe/Dittmar

  • Bluemont John

    If a tree falls in the woods of N. Arlington and no County Board member sees it, is it still taxed?

    • wilbur

      You know…. you can live somewhere else, right? If you calculate ALL of the tax rates together and compare what it costs to live in Arlington, its cheaper than fairfax and montgomery and other places. But hey – you dont like it here, vote with your feat.

  • CrankyMom

    Woah! Catastrophic. Excellent picture, though! It shows both the tree and the damage to the house quite clearly. Was it an oak?

  • SuzySafety

    We would all be safer if we took down all these big trees.

    • jan

      …but not safer to our health and environment

    • borf

      We’d all be safer if we stayed at home and cowered under our blankets.

  • LaceyForest

    If you look up the address on Google maps and go to streetview, you get almost the same image as the pic with the fire apparatus, including the Audi A4, except that Google obscures the license number.

  • Do yourself a favor

    There are quite a few sketchy trees around here. Partly this is homeowner laziness, reinforced by a naive belief that green = good. When spring comes and your tree doesn’t leaf out, call an arborist and have it checked out. While you’ve got the arborist’s attention, ask where you should plant a new tree to make up for those that must inevitably move onto their heavenly reward, now or in the next ten years. The life (or roof or car) you save may be your own.

    • Facts are wrong

      It was the neighbor’s tree – not on the homeowner’s property – might be a good idea to get your facts straight.

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