Fallen Tree damages Emeryville Marina Structure

Published On January 22, 2017 | By Cindy Warner | News, News & Commentary

Heavy rainstorms were thought to be at blame for a fallen tree that damaged an Emeryville Marina structure. A Monterey Pine toppled about 3 a.m. early Sunday morning damaging the roof of a shower and laundry structure used by Emeryville liveaboards, slipholders and visitors.

East Bay Tree Service team ropes the fallen pine on the roof of the marina structure.

The East Bay Tree Service team ropes the fallen pine on the roof of the Marina structure.

Crew members from East Bay Tree Service worked feverishly to cut limbs from the trunk and remove the fallen tree before the ongoing storm resumed. The heavily saturated clay and sod the tree was supported by gave way after persistent storms over the past couple weeks.

“This is happening all over. Especially on Grizzly Peak” according to East Bay Tree Service owner Victor Ghavamzade. Ghavamzade noted that his team was short-staffed and only responding to emergencies such as this. The cost of the emergency service to Emeryville Marina Management is estimated to be around $2,500.

Marina resident Heidi Kearsley and her family take a detour from her boat to the parking lot.

Marina resident Heidi Kearsley and her family examine the roots while taking a detour from her boat to the Marina parking lot.

Nobody was reported to have been in the structure at the time of the incident but those familiar with it know it to be often occupied by homeless. The facility is open around the clock and in constant use by the roughly 400 slip holders entitled to use it. Had the tree toppled in the opposite direction, it would have fallen on the footpath frequented by Marina residents and park visitors. A tarp was temporarily placed over the damaged roof to prevent flooding. No cost estimate has been provided for repairing the damage.

Tree Service loads the pine branches into the chipper at the marina.

East Bay Tree Service employees load the pine branches into the chipper.

Two of three entrances to the marina showers and laundry were blocked due to the fallen pine tree.

Two of three entrances to the marina showers and laundry structure were blocked due to the fallen pine tree.

Damage sustained form the fallen pine could be seen after the tree was removed.

Damage sustained form the fallen pine could be seen after the tree was removed.


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About The Author

lives in Emeryville after finding a Bentley 38 sailboat at Emery Cove in 2014. She learned to sail at Cal Sailing and covered the America's Cup in SF. She grew up in the East Bay and finds the shoreline home. She has written on San Francisco Arts & Culture since January 2009, using her bicycle and public transportation to cover stories all over the SF Bay Area.

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