Storm fells tree as rain pounds Berkeley, more to come

Heavy rain and wind felled a large limb on a tree on Channing last night. Photo: Michael O’Heaney

A tree limb heavy with leaves was felled by the storm Thursday night on Channing between 9th and 10th streets. Michael O’Heaney shot the photos here and said how impressed he was that the city was out at 7:15 a.m. Friday morning cutting the branches and clearing them away. “Good job Berkeley!” he wrote.

The National Weather Service forecast is for rain to continue almost without stop through to Sunday night, thanks to the so-called Pineapple Express (not the stoner movie, but the meteorological phenomenon).

City workers clearing the tree early Friday morning. Photo: Michael O’Heaney

If you live in a part of Berkeley prone to flooding, up to 10 pre-filled sandbags are available from the city corporation yard at 1326 Allston Way upon proof of residency (a lease agreement or a utility bill is sufficient). The yard is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can call the Public Works Department on 510-981-6620.

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  • Frances Dinkelspiel

    There is a downed power line at Claremont Avenue and Russell and a section of the street is cordoned off.

  • guest

    Strawberry Creek on campus is brimming with stormwater runoff–a joy to watch.

  • emraguso

    Just saw this on Twitter and found it relevant: Andrew Schnugg ‏(@BanaanaHammock): “thinkin’ I should invest in a canoe sometime soon to get around the streets of berkeley”