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City prepares for possible downed trees as rain approaches

Posted at 6:02 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 21:37:47-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- As another round of rain approaches, city crews are on alert should any downed trees cause problems.

Ahead of the storm, crews were sent out to inspect trees that could pose a risk during rainstorms.

With rain in Southern California, there is always a risk for falling branches, according to city spokesperson Anthony Santacroce.

The city says the greatest risk for downed branches is when strong winds accompany rainstorms.

Although there’s always a risk when it rains, the city works to mitigate the danger before storms move in, utilizing its storm patrol team.

The team, composed of about 15 crews, patrols sections of the city to prepare trees for inclement weather.

Should downed branches or trees affect roadways, Santacroce says the teams have heavy equipment on hand to quickly remove the debris.

San Diego also advises homeowners to inspect trees on their property as part of their normal storm preparations.

According to data from 2015, it’s estimated that the City of San Diego has about 220,000 street trees and roughly 600,000 trees in parks.

The city also previously told 10News that palm trees are maintained every two years and street trees every seven.

The next round of rain is set to move into San Diego County Thursday, dumping as much as an inch of rain in parts of the county.

"Gusty winds will accompany this next storm with gusts up to 25 mph from the coast to the valleys and up to 60 mph in the mountains and deserts, with locally higher gusts possible," said 10News weather anchor Jennifer Delacruz