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Van damaged by falling Echo Park tree

Collapsed tree branch on Waterloo Street | Connie Acosta

Collapsed tree branch on Waterloo Street | Connie Acosta

ECHO PARK — City crews were cutting down a carob tree this morning after one of its large branches fell on top of a van parked in the 1400 block of N. Waterloo Street.

The branch fell on the van Wednesday afternoon but there were no reports of injuries, said Connie Acosta, an Echo Park resident and neighborhood council member.  Workers with the Public Works Forestry Division arrived at the site a few hours later to remove the branch and foliage blocking the street. Workers returned this morning to cut down the rest of the tree, which required closing or limiting access on nearby streets.

Nearby residents told Acosta that they have repeatedly called the city to trim the trees and repair the sidewalks on Waterloo between Scott Avenue and Montana Street.

Carob tree being cut down Thursday morning

Carob tree being cut down Thursday morning

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4 comments

  1. Why did they cut down the WHOLE tree? Just because a branch broke off? I’m confused.

  2. SMH! This version of NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL is A JOKE! Never return ph.calls/ EPIA RUNS THE SHOW IN ECHO PARH, DUH!
    EPIA CAMPAIGNED AN GOT O’FARRELL ELECTED. Violation of their non profit status.

    • Don’t blame GENPEC’s incompetency on EPIA. Have you been to a meeting? They all scream at each other, half of them rarely show up and/or leave early. They argue about inane things, give our taxpayer money out to their own ‘charities’, truly a sad sad circus. EPIA has their sh*t together and actually accomplishes things. good for them.

  3. The two carob trees that were cut down last week were very mature trees that had rotted badly over the years, due to gross neglect—i’ve lived across the street for more than forty years and, unless a branch falls or power lines are involved, those trees have never, ever, been maintained. It wasn’t just a branch that smashed that van; it was half of the enormous trunk and its upper growth that spontaneously split off from the tree. I miss the shade from those trees, but they were long past saving and, since this is a walking route from the elementary school, it’s lucky that van was the only victim.

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