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Overnight winds shake up SCV

Posted: December 1, 2011 7:40 a.m.
Updated: December 1, 2011 8:00 a.m.

Heavy winds are being blamed for toppling trees, downing wires and knocking out electrical power briefly in the Santa Clarita Valley Wednesday night and early Thursday, officials report.

Fallen trees had to be cleared from streets in Stevenson Ranch and Saugus.

Firefighters contacted at fire stations in both of those areas, however, said there were no reports of wind-related injury and that high winds died down after 1 a.m. today.

“We didn’t have that many wind-related runs and I was expecting them,” said Captain Daryl Goulet of Fire Station No. 124 in Stevenson Ranch.

Late Wednesday night, a “huge pine tree” fell across Stevenson Ranch Parkway and The Old Road, Goulet said.

City workers using chain saws cleared the tree from the road by midnight, he said.

A tree fell across Decoro Drive near Seco Canyon Road in Saugus late Wednesday afternoon when high winds hit the Santa Clarita Valley.

Late Wednesday afternoon, high winds sent leaves and small branches showering across local roadways.

Tumbleweeds were sent into motion, one the size of golf cart was hit by vehicles on Rye Canyon Road at about 4 p.m.

Early today, work crews were also called to Canyon Crest Drive, off of Whites Canyon Road, for reports of a fallen tree.

“We had a brief power outage here,” said Lt. Joe Efflandt of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“The wind died down after 1 a.m.,” he said.

Although the wind has died down, a high wind advisory remains in effect for the Santa Clarita Valley.

“Santa Clarita is relatively quiet compared to other areas like the San Gabriel Valley,” said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“We got a bunch of calls for wires and trees down,” said Insp. Brian Riley about countywide calls. “Right now, in Santa Clarita, it’s quiet.”

Officials at the county's Public Works Department activated their Disaster Operations Center in wake of the "severe windstorms" that hit the county Wednesday night, said spokesman Bob Spencer.

Public works crews have been inundated with calls from residents across the county reporting downed trees, power lines and malfunctioning traffic lights, he said.

When asked about wind-related damage in the Santa Clarita Valley, Spencer said: "We have so many reports of extensive damage that we haven't stopped to assess one area from the other."


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