High winds that churned through California caused headaches for homeowners and long hours for tree service companies, city workers and utility crews cleaning up fallen trees and downed power lines Friday.
"You name it, we've done it," said Yolanda Coronado of California Tree and Landscape in Fresno. "It's been crazy."
The service received 65 emergency calls by noon Friday. Employees worked until after dark Thursday night and returned before dawn Friday to remove downed trees "with root balls as high as a house," Coronado said. Some trees had toppled neighbors' trees or smashed holes in buildings.
There is so much cleanup work to do, she said, that the company will stay open today.
Meanwhile, parks were closed in the city and county of Fresno because of downed trees and broken limbs, and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. crews scrambled to restore power to more than 2,500 customers in the Fresno area.
City crews worked from 3 a.m. Thursday to midnight answering more than 400 calls about fallen trees and limbs, said Patrick Wiemiller, public works director.
"I don't remember winds this strong for this long," he said.
Roeding and Woodward parks reopened Friday while crews continued to clear about 40 toppled trees in the two parks.
The wind took out trees with shallow root systems, but also trees that could have been more than 50 years old, Wiemiller said.
Cleanup work around the city closed some streets and snarled traffic, including at busy locations such as Bullard and First.
More than 100 city employees worked at the height of the cleanup, Wiemiller said, including some from other city departments. It could take most of next week to finish the cleanup work, he said.
Fresno County closed Lost Lake and Kearney parks Friday morning as crews cleaned up downed trees and fallen or dangling limbs. Both parks will be closed for at least two weeks.
By 5 p.m. Friday, PG&E said 700 customers in Fresno and Clovis and 430 customers in Auberry and Friant remained without power. In Madera and Merced counties, about 1,000 utility customers were without power.