Downed power lines close several roads on Hollywood Hill
by Jeff Switzer
A tree fell on Hollywood Hill, and although residents may not have heard it, they felt its effects, as it took power and phone lines with it and closed off traffic throughout the area.
Weakened by the rains and the windstorm, the three-foot diameter alder tree fell across NE 146th Place around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 20.
King County shut down several of the roads in the area from 3 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. the next morning to cut up the tree and allow power and phone services to be restored.
Roads that were closed included the main "Y" intersection on Hollywood Hill where NE 146th Place meets 155th Avenue NE and 156th Place NE at Woodinville-Redmond Road; to NE 153rd Street.
"It was just a mess up there," said Al Dams, spokesperson for King County Department of Public Works. "There were a lot of people in that area heading for Christmas parties. Our people know the area well and gave directions, but it definitely inconvenienced a lot of people."
Shortly after the tree fell, a car rounded the corner and got tangled up in the downed power and phone lines, causing the car to roll over onto its top.
According to police, the man was checked out by Woodinville Fire and Life Safety and released. No injuries had been noted as a result of the accident.
Police and fire crews responded to the scene, and Puget Power, GTE, and the King County Roads Division worked through the night.