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Santa Ana winds: Pasadena neighborhood boxed in by fallen trees

December 1, 2011 |  4:47 pm

Francis Blackman looks at the damage done after a tree fell onto a home on San Pasqual Avenue in Pasadena where his wife is the caregiver of the bedridden homeowner. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

In one Pasadena neighborhood, residents in about 20 houses on the 600 block of Eldora Road were boxed in by a pair of large trees that fell on either end of the block, effectively preventing cars from getting in or out.

Neighbors emerged from their houses in their pajamas, coffee mugs in hand, early Thursday and took in the situation in disbelief, said resident Michelle Calva-Despard, who was stuck at home with her husband and three children.

By the afternoon, the street had taken on a carnival atmosphere. The block was filled with children riding their bicycles and playing in the street. Calva-Despard and her children even posed for a their Christmas photo in front of one of the felled trees, a pine.

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"The kids are going to remember this day," she said.

Calva-Despard said her family was able to celebrate their unusual day off because no one on the block had been hurt, and no trees fell on homes. (Also, luckily, her father lived in the neighborhood but outside the tree blockade, so the family would be able to borrow his car to run errands).

Another neighbor, James Matthew, was getting ready for work when he saw all of his neighbors gathered in the street and realized he was blocked.

"To be trapped on your own street was a bit much to take in, but when you have all your neighbors out there taking it in with you, it was kind of festive," he said.

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-- Ann Simmons

Francis Blackman looks at the damage done after a tree fell onto a home on San Pasqual Avenue in Pasadena where his wife is the caregiver of the bedridden homeowner. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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