Rain, Gusty Winds Bring Down Trees, Power Lines

SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA.com) — One person was killed by an electrical shock Friday after a large tree fell in Sherman Oaks and brought down power lines with it.

The tree ended up on top of a vehicle at about 1:30 p.m. in the 5300 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard, where traffic backed up between Magnolia and Burbank boulevards.

The victim was a 55-year-old man.

A powerful storm moving into Southern California hit the San Fernando Valley hard, bringing down a tree in the 8500 block of North Bothwell Road and onto a Northridge home, Los Angeles Fire officials said. No injuries were reported.

In the Lake Balboa area, Los Angeles police closed two lanes of eastbound Burbank Boulevard, east of Balboa, due to flooding. Streets in the Lake Balboa and Sepulveda Basin area typically floods in heavy rainfall.

In San Fernando, police said a downed tree and power line blocked the entire roadway in the 600 block of Hollister Street, but no injuries were reported. San Fernando Public Works are on the scene and waiting for Southern California Edison crews.

In Valley Glen, another downed tree reportedly took high voltage power lines with it. The uprooted tree might have also disrupted a nearby gas line, Los Angeles Fire’s Erik Scott said.

Another rain soaked tree went down in Westwood, damaging a two-story residence. Los Angeles firefighters were on the scene.

(credit: Randy Paige/CBS)

(credit: Randy Paige/CBS)

Santa Clarita authorities said, with more than 20 trees were reported down all over the area, people should stay away from downed power lines and report them by calling 911.

Downed trees can be reported to Los Angeles County Public Works by calling (800) 675-4357.

 

Comments

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Los Angeles

KNX 1070 Newsradio
Play.It
Follow Us On Twitter

Listen Live