A tree fell across three pickups at Downes Automotive in Maple Ridge during a brief storm on Sunday.

A tree fell across three pickups at Downes Automotive in Maple Ridge during a brief storm on Sunday.

Wind fells tree over trucks in Maple Ridge business park

Two roads closed in Hammond area after other trees fell.

  • May. 9, 2016 1:00 p.m.

When Trevor Downes heard the booming thunder and saw the big flash of lightning from his home in northeast Maple Ridge on Sunday, he thought it odd for this time of year and was concerned about a forest fire.

Little did he know he’d have to get to work cutting up a tree on Monday before he could actually start work.

A tree fell from a stand by the CP Rail tracks off Stewart Crescent in the Maple Ridge Industrial Park. It appears to have first hit the edge of the building of Downes Automotive, then crashed across three of his client’s trucks.

“It was pretty loud,” Downes said of the brief storm, which rolled through Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows at about 9:30 p.m. and knocked down several other trees in the Hammond area, blocked roads.

Downes said the tree at the industrial park came down as a neighboring business owner was taking out garbage.

The tree was about 125 feet long and damaged the hood and windshield of two of the trucks.

Downes said all three truck owners were understanding.

“They’ve been really good.”

He cut the tree up himself so he could open up his shop.

Walter Oleschak, roads superintendent for Maple Ridge, said the city did not receive a warning about the storm, which came “quick and strong.”

Two trees fell and closed roads in the Hammond area, but no wires were reported down, he added.