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Tree Falls on White House Grounds

June 26, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A large elm tree has fallen on the White House grounds after a weekend of heavy rains soaked the Mid-Atlantic region and sent trees falling onto power lines and roads.

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

The elm fell near the president’s front door and partially blocked a roadway leading to the White House on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the building. The tree fell after a night of heavy winds and rains in the area.

It wasn’t immediately clear how old the elm tree was.

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