Windstorm January 21, 2022
On January 21, 2022, the City of Upland experienced an extreme windstorm which caused significant damage to trees, power lines, vehicles, roads, sidewalks, easements, homes, and structures within the City. Overnight, the City was transformed. Residents awoke to extensive damages to private and public property, power outages across the City, and main traffic arteries unpassable. The January 21st extreme windstorm created more than double the amount of clean-up sites of any wind event in recent history. Public Works crews worked around the clock to make sure roads were passable, removing the biggest nuisances, and piling up debris for pick-up later. However, the damages far outweighed the City’s services, personnel, equipment, and facilities. In order to address the magnitude of these immediate issues, the City called upon outside resources to assist, including San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services, Team Rubicon (an organization comprised of veterans), and various local contractors. The Upland City Council held a Special City Council Meeting for Monday, January 31, 2022, at 3:00 PM to ratify an Emergency Proclamation. Past City Council Meetings can be viewed here. Upon ratification of the Emergency Proclamation, the City became eligible to apply for aid from the California Director of Emergency Services as well as any aid potentially available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. CalOES is now processing the request for assistance. The damages are estimated between one million and one million five hundred thousand dollars.
Every neighborhood in Upland was affected by this act of nature. As of March 7, 2022, the main cleanup process is complete. Final removal of tree stumps is expected to be completed in late March. Public Works staff appreciate your patience through this process.
Please report any Public Works concerns directly through the City app 24 hours a day. https://www.uplandca.gov/city-of-upland-app
The following resources are available to residents and businesses at this time:
Possible tree hazards include fallen tree limbs, hanging tree limbs, split tree trunk, cracked tree branches, and fallen trees.
Reporting a Tree Hazard:
- Contact the Public Works Department at (909)291-2930 during regular business hours (Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
- For non-business hours, weekends and holidays, please call Upland Police Dispatch at (909) 946-7624.
For Non-Emergency Tree Issues:
- Contact the Public Works Department at (909) 291-2930 during regular business hours (Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
- Submit a Public Works Request online
Parkway Tree Maintenance Policy
Responsibility of the City of Upland:
- To maintain, trim and repair trees in the public right-of-way
Responsibility of the Property Owner:
- To provide necessary water to maintain the growth, health and beauty of the trees
- To trim away any low growth of the tree, such as suckers and shoots, that may interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic
West Coast Arborists is scheduled to trim Grids 8, 10 and 11 this July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. To see the grid trim areas, please click on the Tree Prune Schedule Map below.
Trimming, Planting & Removal
Tree maintenance for the City of Upland is carried out by West Coast Arborists, Inc. Maintenance is based on previously designated scheduling and the urgency of arising matters. Any additional work taken in is based upon available funding. Should funding become unavailable or should a resident desire to have replant or trimming work done ahead of schedule, the resident can request to have the work done through the Tree Donation Program. For more information about the Tree Donation Program, click here.
For additional information about trees, please visit the Arbor Day website, by clicking here.
One very important part of tree care is watering. However, due to current drought conditions reduced water usage has been mandated. For information about how to care for your trees during drought, please see the documents below.
For additional information about watering and water usage reductions, click here.
Also available for your convenience is the fall 2018 edition of PHC, which provides tips on how to care for your tree in the fall. To view this item, please click on PDF below.
Parkway Tree Information
For information about your parkway tree, such as tree species and last trim date, click here.