Sure, trees are great because they create oxygen and stop ozone depletion and do everything else you read in high school earth science textbooks, but what about when they destroy your house or car? What about when trees attack? You're not thinking about oxygen if you're not breathing -- because a tree killed you. So grab your axes, kids, we must make a preemptive strike against trees!
OK, the above is nonsense, but seriously, I have never seen so many fallen trees before. They've crashed on houses, fences, cars and power supplies, causing most of us to lose power last week. Some people are still without power and sadly the storm's death count is up to 13.
And now we're in the clean-up stages. According to the P-I, "whether the tree or the splintered limb that crashed into your house belongs to you, your neighbor or the city, experts say you're still responsible for the damage." That's why Scott has been spending the past couple days sawing up a tree that fell on his neighbor's property at his family's beach house.
"If there is an issue of liability, it's going to come down to whether the person knew that that tree was unhealthy or dead," said Kristin Alexander, spokeswoman with the state Attorney General Office. If the tree was healthy and fell naturally, then insurance will pick up the bill, which is the case for most people with homeowner's insurance.
That's a big bill to pick up. The Seattle Times reports, "Last week's wind storm caused at least $7.3 million in structural damage in King County, according to the county's emergency management office...It reports another $1.5 million in personal property damage." Check, please.