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Santa Ana winds: Windstorm wreaks havoc on Christmas trees, plans

December 1, 2011 |  1:17 pm

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The winds that hit Southern California Wednesday and Thursday appeared to have Grinch-like tendencies.

They wreaked havoc on Altadena's Christmas Tree Lane, snapped off the top of the 100-foot tree at Americana at Brand and blew over Monrovia's city Christmas tree, forcing city officials to postpone the community's popular annual Christmas tree lighting and Christmas parade. Several Christmas tree lots were also in the process of propping their Douglas Firs back up.

The tree lighting ceremony had been scheduled to take place at Monrovia's Library Park Thursday evening, followed by the parade. City spokesman Dan Bell said the same 50-foot evergreen had been used as the city's Christmas tree for years.

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But after the tree was found uprooted and toppled Thursday morning, city officials announced the parade would be postponed.

Bell said many residents had called the city to express their distress about the fate of the tree. City officials have not yet determined whether they will pick another tree for the lighting ceremony.

"Right now we're just assessing damages and trying to address concerns about power outages," he said.


Trees toppled on Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena

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Wind snaps 20 feet off Christmas tree at Americana at Brand

-- Abby Sewell 

Photo: Daniel Huerta surveys the damage at his Christmas tree lot at Lake and Mountain streets in Pasadena. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times