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Residents unharmed after oak tree falls on occupied home

Original post made on Feb 19, 2013

Three people escaped injury when a 50-foot tree fell onto their house in unincorporated Danville on Monday afternoon. The house is uninhabitable because of the damage and aborists are determining what caused the tree to topple.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 11:57 AM

Comments

Posted by Ann Arborist, a resident of Danville
on Feb 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm

"French said arborists were called in to determine what caused the tree to topple."

I'd say "gravity." Where shall I send my bill?


Posted by frankly, a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 20, 2013 at 6:42 am

Not only gravity is definitely possible, but so also
- root rot
-too much watering during rain fall or watering around it cause by owners
-no proper pruning to keep weight off the top
-infestation of insects, again owners lack of due diligence
-or the simplest of all, AGE
-or that sickness which is striking all types of oak trees all around
-to much fun activities in and around the tree adding to its poor health

so many ways to go with this.
if, just if, it can be shown that owners didnt do due diligence, insurance may not step in to replace or reduce the overall coverage greatly.


Posted by Vicki, a resident of Alamo
on Feb 20, 2013 at 7:40 am

And why is it exactly that we carry insurance? Seems to me I have more disclaimers on my policy than anything else.


Posted by Dave, a resident of Diablo
on Feb 20, 2013 at 7:50 am

It was a huge tree and the family was lucky to get out unharmed.

What's up with "Unincorporated Danville"??? How about saying it happened in Diablo...that would be accurate.


Posted by grandma, a resident of Alamo
on Feb 20, 2013 at 7:57 am

We have heritage oaks behind our home which have grown a great deal over the years. We were told by the salesman when we bought our home that we could not cut or trim them. Each time we have a storm, we expect all or part of one of these trees to fall on our house.


Posted by frank, a resident of Alamo
on Feb 20, 2013 at 8:34 am

We, too, have Heritage Oaks in our yard. You are allowed to maintain them. They are on your property and you have the ability to prune them as you see fit.

Regarding frankly's comments, you take quite a bit of liberty hinting that it's most likely the owner's fault. What's your issue? Take a look at the open hillsides around us and you'll see plenty of oak trees that have fallen...and there's no owners around them to cause it. There's no reason to take shots at the owners when you probably have no idea what has transpired over the years. You sound like someone with an agenda.

The tree fell...there's no need to assess blame. It just fell.


Posted by Ol' Danvillain, a resident of Danville
on Feb 20, 2013 at 9:44 am

@ Dave: I think the SOS folks in Diablo prefer the sense-of-belonging and entitlement implied in the term "unincorporated Danville" when they're trying to tell other people what to do with their property that's actually in Danville.

When they're trying to sell their estates, "Diablo 94528" does just fine. Why the Express cares is unknown.


Posted by Tony, a resident of Diablo
on Feb 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I like the name "Danvillain." Is this a typo or an apt alias? What does SOS have to do with a fallen oak tree? Everyone on the north side of Diablo Rd. is just as impacted by Summerhill as the residents of Danville on the South side. It is not true that you can't trim protected oak trees. If you feel that your property is at risk, by all means bring in an arborist and file with the County and cut the tree if it is deemed necessary.


Posted by Old Danvillian, a resident of Danville
on Feb 21, 2013 at 9:09 am

I am the original Old Danvillian. It's gratifying to see my name hijacked by Ol' Danvillain. Plagiarism is a form of praise, no doubt.

Meanwhile, being old, and having grown up and lived in Danville my entire life I've seen many grand old oak trees come crashing down. Like the human interlopers to this beautiful valley, there is a time and a season for a final ending. In the case of the old oaks, now there's room for a new sprout!


Posted by Derek, a resident of Danville
on Feb 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

grandma-
Frank is correct. Removal of a heritage tree requires the property owner to clear several hurdles, but the city of Danville has no business whatsoever preventing routine trimming. We have two "heritage" (maybe French for "hazardous"?) trees on our lot, and we have trimmed them multiple times in the seven years we've lived here. I would never for one minute consider walking into the city office to ask if we needed a permit. Lord knows they would probably say we did.
Danville will be getting no more money from us regardless of the project. Not when they continue to violate their own rules whenever it suits Morgan, Doyle, Arnerich, et al.