A large but aged Norway maple tree fell onto a parked SUV overnight, knocking out power to the neighborhood in the vicinity of the 700 block of Pardee Street on Easton’s College Hill, authorities report.
As wires were pulled down, some homes in the 600 block also lost their electrical service connections, a worker at the scene said.
No one was hurt, but the Jeep was heavily damaged.
“Good Morning.. woke up to this today on College Hill… Happy Thursday… will need a new Jeep now,” a Facebook user named Eddie Adamko posted. His Jeep was parked on the east side about halfway up the 700 block of Pardee.
Thirty-eight Met-Ed customers were without power at 11 am Thursday in Easton, according to the FirstEnergy company’s outage page. Power was reported out about midnight, a Met-ED spokesman told lehighvalleylive.com.
It will likely take the rest of the day to remove the tree and restore power, with a possible restoration time of 4 pm, Met-Ed said.
The power company spokesman said large trees often take time to remove before work to restore power can get underway. The lines are always under tension, so it’s not a surprise a tree coming down onto lines on one block would cause line issues on another block, he said.
Repairing the damage to the electrical services on the homes is the responsibility of the homeowners.
There wasn’t any extreme weather overnight. The official said the tree was rotted.
Trees between sidewalks and the street are at somewhat greater risk of falling, he said. They were planted years ago to provide shade, but that type of maple tree is prone to toppling, he added.
Pardee Street was shut at Burke and Pierce streets.
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