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Tree topples on cars in National City

Posted at 10:34 AM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 20:22:04-05

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (KGTV) - A large tree collapsed in National City during a winter storm Thursday, damaging cars parked on the street.

Nancy Alvarado was sleeping in her home at 31st and B Streets about 4:30 a.m. when she heard the loud noise.

“Fortunately, it went this way or it would have landed on my bedroom,” said Alvarado, showing our 10News photographer around the damaged front yard.

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Although the residents escaped injury, the tree damaged two cars, including the Chrysler Sebring convertible Alvarado uses to commute to work and San Diego State University. Alvarado believes her car is a total loss.

“We’ve contacted the city before and contacted them about trimming down this big tree because it was already like, too old and everything and they said no, because it was, like, historic,” said Alvarado.

Crews responded to the scene Thursday morning to safely remove tree debris from the street, but did not remove the tree from the cars.

According to the City's website, the Park Division only maintains trees in the City's parkways, medians, and public parks; not on resident's property.