Some Echo Park residents near Elysian Park are without power this morning after a giant pine tree collapsed on a power line near Scott Avenue. A woman walking her dog in the park reported hearing a crashing sound around 8:30 a.m. Within an hour, Scott Avenue just west of Stadium Way was blocked off, with a piece of electrical equipment having fallen to the asphalt and wires hanging low over the street. A short distance nearby in the park, a large pine tree was uprooted and had collapsed on more wires.
One resident living near the park on Portia Street reported that power was out shortly before noon. The traffic signal at Echo Park and Scott avenues was also out. The Eastsider has placed a call into DWP to get more details on the outage.
The recent heavy rains and high winds have toppled many trees and broken branches across the neighborhood. Earlier this week, The Eastsider reported that at least 15 trees had toppled in Elysian Park, and, on Thursday, a giant eucalyptus tree collapsed and damaged part of a playground at Echo Park Lake.
* Update: Echo Park Now reports 700 DWP customers are without power. Service not expected to resume until 7 p.m.