OAKLAND -- Montclair residents woke up Wednesday to a large eucalyptus tree that fell and its branches covered the width of Mountain Boulevard, closing the street to traffic for more than two hours.
The tree fell next to 1900 Mountain Boulevard, near the intersection of Colton and Mountain boulevards and the recent rains were cited as the cause. The remainder of the old railroad trestle kept the entire tree from falling into the street.
It is unclear exactly what time the tree fell. Police and public works emergency crews were on the scene by 8 a.m.
Oakland Police Officer Scott Olthoff said no one was injured because of the tree.
"I'm glad the tree didn't fall on the building, car, or person," Olthoff said. " It could have been a lot worse."
Nelly Truong, the owner of Nelly's Java just down the street from where the tree fell, said that "business was a bit slow today. The tree is one factor, but the rain isn't helping."
David Sarber of Sarber's Cameras said "traffic this time of year is bad enough. Everyone is decompressing over the money they spent over the holidays. This doesn't help."
Shalimar Smith, a resident of the adjacent building said that she hears the trees creaking a lot.
"I know that when I come out here, I hear creaking when the trees sway," Smith said. "All it takes is for the ground to get a little soft for this to happen."
Smith also reported that "water often leaks from the wall in spouts. I've often wondered about this wall."
No one on the scene knew if the property is owned privately or by the city.
The road was cleared by 10:30 a.m.
Stephanie Pearl, a horticulturist and the owner of the former Pearl Landscape Design, said that the eucalyptus is not native to this region.
"The tree was commonly planted for erosion control," Pearl said. "Obviously, it didn't do its job."