Large tree caught on camera falling on home in NE Portland

Courtesy: Eric Peterson

The icy conditions in Portland are not just causing issues on the roadways but it's causing trees across the area to break.

The thick coating from freezing rain is causing trees to come crashing to the ground.

Ones of those trees was a large tree on Northeast Wistaria Drive at 42nd Avenue.

Eric Peterson got video of part of that tree falling down onto a home Friday. He said he was outside watching people drive down the road when he heard a cracking sound.

"I heard a cracking noise and then saw the power lines all visibly wiggle and I thought 'oh a tree had come down.' So I threw my shoes on and stuff, and I went down to make sure the houses were OK, my neighbors were OK," said Peterson. "All the sudden it started cracking and the rest of the tree came down."

No one was hurt when the tree landed on the house.

Peterson said about ten years ago, one of the big trees in his front yard broke apart. He had the trees removed after finding out they were unsafe.

Arborists say that tree fibers get very dense and less flexible in the cold, which causes them to break and not bend in the wind.

They recommend if you have a big, icy tree in your yard, you should have a professional check it out and don't try to take care of it yourself.

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