After heavy rain, a giant tree collapses on cars in Woodland Hills mall


The latest atmospheric storm to hit Southern California this weekend caused another string of widespread damage, including downed trees.

On Saturday night, a giant tree fell at the El Camino mall on Mulholland Drive in Woodland Hills, crushing at least 10 vehicles and causing minor damage to a building along the parking lot.

Some customers in the area told TV stations that it felt like an earthquake when the tree fell.

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The owner of one of the crashed cars told KCAL9 News that he was celebrating an anniversary at the neighborhood Boiling Crab restaurant when “we heard a loud commotion and felt a shaking.” When he went out to check, he discovered his vehicle under the fallen tree.

He said the base of the tree had a sign saying it had termite problems, and that support beams propped up the tree before it fell.

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Another restaurant whose vehicle was damaged by the tree told ABC7 that he saw a person in a crushed car when he went out.

“We had to help him get out the front of his windshield,” said Jordan Alvaraz.

No serious injuries were reported.

Damaged cars are parked under a fallen tree at the El Camino mall on Mulholland Drive in Woodland Hills on Sunday. The tree fell Saturday night, trapping some people in the cars.

(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

Hundreds of people have been rescued since a series of winter storms battered California in recent weeks, with at least 19 storm-related deaths, including that of a 5-year-old boy who was swept up in stormwater in San Luis Obispo District. His body has yet to be found.

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Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom said the storms have claimed “more lives than wildfires in the past two years combined.”


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