County: 30 trees fall in one day

Early tree trimming work reduced calls
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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Placer County road workers said they were trying to keep their heads above the water that continued to pour down Wednesday. “Today we’ve had over 30 trees go down, mostly in the western and southern parts of the county,” Kevin Taber, Placer County superintendent of roads, said Wednesday. “We’ve responded to all of them.” Taber said that staff was working around the clock with two, 12-hour shifts, to battle the rain in south Placer County and handle the snowfall in the Sierra. Taber estimated that about 40 workers were dedicated to plowing snow-covered county roads. “Today and tomorrow are going to be the real tests for us because a lot more snow is going to fall in Lake Tahoe, at least they’re predicting that,” Taber said. “And it’s coming down heavy now.” Wednesday’s storm is the third to hit the foothills since Monday. The first two storms also brought strong winds and rains but Wednesday’s downfall was said to the heaviest, according to Angus Barkhuss, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. A fourth storm is expected to bring more rain and wind Thursday. Taber said depending on the strength of that storm, he anticipates that road crews will be involved in storm debris clean-up efforts for the rest of the week. “The weather is really keeping us busy,” Taber said. “At least for right now we’re keeping our head above the water literally and figuratively.” Taber said that tree-trimming work over the past two summers and this fall has helped prevent significant roadway debris problems thus far in some places. He said the county used of the Washington Ridge Fire Crew to trim trees and fix ones dangerously close to major roads such as Bowman, Taylor, Dry Creek and Auburn Folsom. “By being a little bit proactive, we did reduce some of our call out,” Taber said. Jenifer Gee can be reached at