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Wet weather brings more concerns after tree falls in Balboa Park

Posted at 6:04 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 21:04:49-05

San Diego (KGTV)- Wet weather is causing more concern at Balboa Park, where a massive tree came crashing down on cars over the weekend. One expert says other trees at the park could do the same thing.

Crews were up early this morning clearing the big mess after the giant eucalyptus tree came crashing down Saturday.

“The taller they get, the easier they fall,” says Wayne Tyson. “The wind may have issued the coup de grâce on the tree, but the tree had to be weak in the beginning for it to blow down.”

Wayne Tyson is a former city parks manager who use to oversee Balboa Park in the 1970s. He says there are other trees in the park whose roots look similar to the one that fell.

“It will fall someday, but no one can tell you when.”

The city tells us the trees are check weekly, and sometimes even daily.

“The managers have to make tough calls on which tree needs to be taken out, which tree needs to be trimmed,” says Tyson.

10News asked city officials if the city is responsible for a tree crashing on top of cars. They say “this is considered an unpredictable act of nature.” The city also says they will offer an investigation if someone files a claim, but they advise people to start with their personal auto insurance carrier.

The city says people should allow 45 days for them to process and investigate the claim.