Santa Ana winds: Trees toppled on Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena
The trees had been strung with lights Sunday in preparation for the big lighting ceremony Dec. 10, said Maureen Ward, president of the Christmas Tree Lane Assn.
But the winds toppled two of the trees and others lost large limbs.
The street was strewn with debris Thursday and neighbors were out staring at the spectacle and pondering the future of the lighting ceremony.
The ceremony is the oldest large-scale Christmas tree lighting in the United States, according to the association, and the lane is listed as a state historic landmark.
-- Geoff Mohan and Abby Sewell
Photo: Maureen Ward, president of the Christmas Tree Lane Assn. in Altadena, examines a deodar felled by Wednesday night's Santa Ana winds. The tree, damaged by a root fungus, had been slated for removal after this year's festivities. Credit: Geoffrey Mohan / Los Angeles Times