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Unexpectedly, another large limb falls from a tree in Inner Southeast Portland; no injuries this time

DAVID F. ASHTON - Waverley Surf Apartments resident Stuart Roy points to the heavy electrical vault cover knocked off by the falling branch. When a major limb of a huge oak tree fell at Sellwood's Waverly Surf Apartments, in the wee hours of Tuesday, July 28, everyone in the area heard it crash to the ground.

Damaged in varying degrees by the falling limb were three vehicles and an electrical power vault at the apartment complex – which is situated on S.E. Linn Street, just west of 8th Avenue.

"Fortunately, no one was hurt; probably because it crashed down about 1:45 a.m. in the morning," remarked resident Stuart Roy.

COURTESY OF MICHAEL JACKSON - This aerial photo, taken by resident Michael Jackson, shows the fallen limb - before crews began removing the branches."I heard a loud, prolonged cracking noise for several seconds, as the tree was splitting near the top," Roy told THE BEE. "Then, I heard the crash of the limb on the ground – kind of like the cracking sound of lightning, followed by thunder during a storm!"

The loudest noise heard was when the heavy part of the branch smashed into an electrical vault cover. "That made an extremely loud 'boom', and the floor of my apartment shook!" Roy reported – as he pointed out that his apartment is the one nearest the electrical vault.

Later in the day, a tree service's crew was hard at work, spending substantial time cutting up the mighty branch and transporting the pieces away.


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