From the Inbox:
The City workers who came to deal with it said the root ball was very small for a tree this size. They and neighbors guessed that was because it had no need to send roots out far in search of water. Even one day's worth of rain generates 6"-15" of standing water. It's pumped only when neighbors complain.This huge stone pine tree went DOWN at 3 a.m. on NYE. No one was hurt; it barely touched a car and missed the house next door.
The City refuses to fix the flooding problem and this time got off easy; had anyone been injured, it would not have been hard to find an attorney to take this case of negligence. The City's been warned repeatedly over the years about this corner, nicknamed not so lovingly by residents "Lake Fulvia."
The property just west of where the tree is located is where the City approved 9 houses to go in on what is now nearly-raw land. The City bizarrely claims that the extensive hardscape from the "Hymettus Estates'" 9 houses would somehow lessen flooding in the area. Locals call the ill-conceived project "Hymettus Mistakes."
UPDATE: From the Inbox:
Here's a photo taken on Dec. 16 before the tree fall. This is what the flood typically looks like before the City sends out the pumper truck. Large vehicles like to blast through the flood sending walls of water into my neighbors' yards.