Department of Public Works will Inspect Trees

Sunday storm downs treet on 2nd Street near Lorraine in Windsor Square
Recent storm downs tree on 2nd Street near Lorraine in Windsor Square

Sadly, our stately street trees are under assault. The serious drought conditions have weakened trees, making them more susceptible to disease…while recent rain and wind storms have caused a number of them to fall.

The loss of a California Sycamore on the 500 Block of North Cahuenga this week also underscored how challenging it can be to forecast which trees are in imminent danger.  According to a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works, the tree was inspected in September and again in November 2014, at the homeowner’s request.

“There was not another service request since then as far as we can tell,” wrote Elena Stern, Senior Public Information Director, Department of Public Works in an e-mail to the Buzz.  Stern encouraged homeowners to alert the city if they are concerned about trees in their neighborhood.

“Go online  to request service for a tree emergency or call using the 311 system,” said Stern.  According to Stern, the department has sufficient resources to assist with tree removal, even in this El Niño year.

“During non-storm periods emergency request response is 2 work days or less. During storms, response time is dependent upon volume,” said Stern. Sunday’s storm generated more than 1200 requests for service, with nearly 1,000 of those already addressed. Most of the remaining 200 requests were received in the last few days. “Response” is defined as securing the hazard of the tree but not necessarily the complete removal, she explained.

 

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Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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