One again thousands of people were cut off power as a result of scores of trees being blown over by this most recent storm (Wind damage, Dec. 16).
Huge fir and cedar trees are suitable for forests, where they belong, and are totally out of place on the front lawns of most houses in Surrey and White Rock. That’s especially so when they’re planted right under power lines, a sure invitation to trouble when the once tiny tree starts to grow into its mature size as a forest giant.
Standing without the shelter of a forest, these trees are vulnerable in storms like the ones we have just experienced this last week. When they get blown over, hydro lines go down. And there’s often other damage.
In view of these facts, I wonder if our outgoing mayor Dianne Watts would perhaps reconsider her recent, and rather odd, plea for more evergreens instead of trees more suitable in size to houses in our community (Watts’ last stand as mayor, Dec. 4).
Bill Piket, White Rock