Tree Falls on White House Grounds

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The Associated Press
Monday, June 26, 2006; 12:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- A large elm tree fell on the White House grounds overnight, partially blocking a roadway after a weekend of heavy rains soaked the Mid-Atlantic region.

Secret Service spokesman Jonathan Cherry said early Monday that the tree did not damage the White House and no injuries were reported.

The elm tree landed near the president's front door and partially blocked a road leading to the White House on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the building. It wasn't immediately clear how long the elm tree had stood outside the White House.

The National Park Service had yet to remove it midmorning.


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