This iconic tunnel tree in California fell over

Yell out a somber "Timber!" for the Pioneer Cabin Tree.
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Sad timber: The iconic sequoia tree that had a tunnel carved into it is no longer standing.

Torrential downpours and flooding in California Sunday caused the "Pioneer Cabin Tree" – aka the "tunnel tree" – in the Calaveras Big Trees State Park to fall over, a post on the Calaveras Big Trees Association Facebook page says.

The tree, which is estimated to be at least 1,000 years old, got it's famous tunnel back in the 1880s, National Geographic says. Landowners carved it to attract tourists. It was eventually closed off to cars, but hikers could still walk through, the publication says.

If you were hoping to check "walking through a tree tunnel" off your bucket list, there are a few other tunnels cut into California trees that you can visit. The National Forest Service has that information here and here.

Flooding on the West Coast

California has seen a crazy amount of flooding recently. In fact, The Weather Channel says storms have led to the worst flooding in decades for California and Nevada, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate. It's also caused mudslides and at least three deaths.

The region has been in a years-long drought, so in the long-term all this rain is probably a good thing, the Weather Channel adds. But in the meantime its causing major problems.

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