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Burbank escapes the major damage seen in other cities

December 02, 2011


Burbank escaped the strong Santa Ana winds overnight Wednesday with just a few bumps and bruises, officials reported.

There were no wind-related injuries, fires, or major structural problems, according to city spokesman Keith Sterling. But several trees in Burbank parks were toppled, he said.

Officials temporarily closed DeBell Golf Club Thursday to deal with broken trees and damaged netting. The course was expected to be fully open by Saturday morning.

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As of Thursday afternoon, power had been restored to all Burbank Water and Power customers who experienced an isolated outage Wednesday.

The relatively quiet night on Thursday provided a small measure of relief for property owners and city crews, who will be left with days of heavy clean-up work.

Dozens of felled trees mean many parks in Burbank and Glendale remain dangerous, and in Pasadena, which bore the brunt of the winds, work has resumed on clearing extensive damage citywide.

Burbank officials fielded roughly 30 calls for service through Wednesday night for electrical-related incidents, such as downed cables, arcing wires and transformer explosions, Sterling said.

Still, compared to San Gabriel Valley cities such as Pasadena and San Marino, which were crippled by hundreds of fallen trees, Burbank had it relatively easy.

Sterling said about five trees fell into structures or power lines.

A large tarp from the YMCA Christmas tree lot blew over onto the Burbank Boulevard overpass and several turned traffic signal heads were also reported.

Burbank police Sgt. Scott Meadows said crews also worked to clear roads blocked by debris at East Palm Avenue at North 7th Street, Palm at 9th Street, and East Angeleno Avenue at 5th Street Thursday morning.

—Staff writers Bill Kisliuk and Maria Hsin contributed to this report.
 

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