Another fallen limb closes Ide Adobe




Red Bluff >> A falling oak limb has again closed the William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park in Red Bluff.

The limb that fell sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning damaged the bridge to the historic section of the park.

The fallen pieces of the tree that hung over the bridge took out several pieces of railing and caused the temporary closure of the historic area, which houses the damaged adobe and was once the site of a 350-to-400-year-old valley oak that was taken down in September.

“The historic section will be closed for at least two weeks and the state will be assessing the bridge to make sure that it is OK prior to re-opening,” said park interpreter Jennifer Pooley.

Workers were at the park Thursday morning cleaning up the area where the limbs fell and more workers will be on-site next week to continue removing limbs that were previously scheduled to come down on June 2 following an inspection of the tree, Pooley said.

This is the second tree to have limbs fall at the park. A valley oak lost all its limbs but one on July 13, 2014, including one that wrecked the roof of the 1852 adobe structure.

The first tree was left for a while to see whether it would come back, but was removed from the park last Oct. 7.

Last December, funding had been secured to repair the adobe and work was initially scheduled to begin once the plans had been drawn. The hope was to start construction in August and go through February 2018. The project does not have to be completed…

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