Park City snow snaps branches, causes slide-off wrecks |

Park City snow snaps branches, causes slide-off wrecks

Tree limbs collapsed in numerous places across Park City in recent days as a result of the snow, the Park City Police Department says. The department says the arrival of the snow at a time when leaves remained on the trees exacerbated the situation since the snow collected on the leaves, weighing down the branches.
Jay Hamburger/Park Record

The snow in Park City last week led to widespread problems with tree limbs snapping or branches, weighted down by the snow, pushing against power lines, the Park City Police Department said.

The problems were apparent shortly after the snow fell, but public police logs from the week provide additional information illustrating the extent of the issues. The Police Department blamed the issues on the high water content of the snow coupled with the arrival of the storm at a time when leaves remained on the trees. The leaves held the snow, pressuring the branches, the police explained.

“The additional weight caused a lot of branches to break,” Phil Kirk, a Police Department captain, said.

He said some of the branches fell on vehicles while others dropped onto roads.

“We had a multitude of cases,” Kirk said.

He also said there were reports of branches sagging onto power lines. Kirk, though, was not aware of any power outages caused by the trees or branches.

Some of the cases reported to the Police Department last week included:

• on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 12:45 p.m., a power line appeared to be down on Swede Alley close to the China Bridge garage.

• on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m., a line, apparently a power line, was reported in the road somewhere along Lowell Avenue.

• on Oct. 10 at 1:14 p.m., a tree fell onto a restroom on Main Street. The police said nobody was inside the restroom, but the tree caused unspecified damage.

• on Oct. 10 at 1:13 p.m., a tree was seen resting on a wire on Deer Valley Drive

• on Oct. 10 at 11:47 a.m., a wire of some sort was apparently seen hanging across the road on Woodside Avenue. The police were told a driver attempted to navigate under the wire with the vehicle. The Police Department said the wire created a traffic hazard.

• on Oct. 10 at 11:20 a.m., a tree was seen leaning against a power line on Norfolk Avenue. The police were told there were no sparks or flames.

The Police Department also responded to several traffic accidents blamed on the snow. A slide-off accident was reported on S.R. 224 at a little bit before 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. Just earlier, at 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 14, a truck was seen off the road along Marsac Avenue in a slide-off accident.

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