Alfredo Jimenez, 57 of Colusa, suffered major injuries after a tree branch fell during a birthday party held at Will S. Green Park in Colusa. Three other individuals received minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
Jimenez air lifted to Enloe Medical Center in Chico where he is recovering from his injuries.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to each of the injured individuals, and to their family and friends during this difficult time,” said Colusa Interim City Manager, Randall Dunn.
The stress from the prolonged drought is manifesting itself in a dangerous phenomenon – falling tree limbs.
“This isn’t just a centralized problem,” said Dunn, “trees are dropping limbs across the state.”
As the drought progresses, and water usage is cutback, trees are drying out and sapping their strength to keep heavy limbs intact.
“We have turned this situation over to our insurance company who will get back to us on a solution to help reduce this risk,” said Dunn, “although the city responds to diseased and trees at risk; it is difficult to determine which trees are going to fail during a drought.”
The City of Colusa currently does not have a Tree Maintenance Department.
“The department was lost during budget cuts,” said Dunn.
In the past several weeks the Colusa City Fire Department has responded to a handful of downed tree limbs – most falling in the streets, causing little to no damage.
To help fight the stress of drought, the Arbor Day Foundation recommends homeowners to apply a thorough soaking, every 10-12 days, to the ground beneath a tree’s branches, and not the trunk.