Thursday morning was a morning I had yet to experience. The rainstorm that hit Vancouver BC and area was new for me, at least in Canada. I slept like a baby and heard very little of the 90 plus kilometre winds and rain pounding on the side of the house. As I woke, I debated which non-waterproof shoes I would wear to my car which housed my rainboots. And just as I decided I would wear my warmest pair of socks and my converse to trek the twelve steps to my vehicle, I received a text message from my landlord saying that I would not be able to leave the block as a tree had fallen onto the road a couple houses down and there was some safety concerns. Thankfully I was not teaching till the evening hours so I turned around and went back to sleep.
Waking a couple hours later, I decided to venture outside and see what this fallen tree looked like.
My estimation would be that the crews had been on sight for nearly five hours at this point. And while our neighbourhood was working around the massive tree that fell towards the road, just a few kilometres away in Port Moody a family lost a member to the same storm when their tree was uprooted and landed on their house.
A couple hours after the above picture, the view of our neighbours yard looked like this…
So, for as much as it was fascinating to see the base of a tree fully exposed, the danger behind such an incident does not go without mention.