Strong Winds Knock Down Several Trees in Sacramento Area

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Early Tuesday morning, heavy rain fell onto the Sacramento region, creating large puddles and urban flooding. But the winds also did a number on the trees.

Workers used chainsaws to clean up what's left of the "City of Trees." After heavy rain swelled rivers and creeks, many trees came tumbling down.

"I was getting all the water off of me and stuff, and I heard this, 'Snap! Pow!'" Capitol Towers resident David Palutsyn said.

A big surprise for Palutsyn, who came out of his home at 9:30 a.m. and saw a gigantic tree blocking the courtyard of the Capitol Towers apartments in downtown Sacramento.

"They're very old. They're very dry," Palutsyn said.

Meanwhile in Fair Oaks, part of a tree fell onto Saverien Drive, blocking the right turn lane.

Even after the dark clouds cleared away by mid-afternoon, people continued to see damage.

At the 30th and H streets intersection, there was another tree down -- this one hanging on a line.

"I kept thinking 'Oh my God, is it going to spark?' I'm looking for sparks, and I ran in and called 911," Lisa Duran said.

Duran works in a building off 30th and J streets and saw the tree fall toward the freeway.

At the same location, a woman was taking photos of what was left of the tree. She said she strives to preserve Sacramento's canopy, but she said this one has had its time.

"It looks like the tree was diseased from the inside, it was hollowed out," the woman said.

Sacramento Police confirmed the tree fell onto a phone line, so power was not affected.

Roads remained closed until Caltrans cleared the area.

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