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Tree on city property falls, damaging homes

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) –  A Richmond man whose home was damaged by a fallen red oak tree in Thursday’s storms believes the city should be responsible for cleaning up and paying for the damage.

The tree stood more than 90 feet tall with a trunk more than 11 and a half feet around.

And when it came crashing down Thursday afternoon it did thousands of dollars in damage to two homes, not including the thousands of dollars it will cost to clean up and remove.

Walter Gill said he has been complaining about the tree, which was on city property, for two decades.

“Since about 1994, 95, 96… I’ve had issues with the City of Richmond in coming out and keeping the dead limbs cut back,”  Gill told CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil on Friday.

Gill said his main complaint was that the tree needed some limbs removed.

He admitted that the city had removed dead limbs as recently as a month ago, but said workers stopped short of doing anything more since the tree was deemed healthy.

“I mentioned the fact this tree is going to kick over pretty soon, can you do anything and they said, ‘No.’”

Just a few blocks away, several limbs from another tree on city property fell into Wythe Street, crushing the back of an Acura and damaging a second car parked on the street.

Richmond Public Works’ Sharon North said the city does maintain the trees and have documented Gills’ concerns.

However, North said the city is not responsible for damage since policy dictates workers do not cut down healthy, viable trees.

 

4 comments

  • me

    So Easy. The Government plants the trees, sets their own policies,
    rules, regulations and procedures and finds Government IRRESPONSIBLE for Government. Government, of, by, for
    Government to Serve Government; not Serve the Public; not the Tax Payers, PAYING for … Government.

  • max brando

    This policy is idiotic. any city tree that falls and does damage to a private property should be liable. Suethe city officials that decided to trim but not remove the offending tree. see how those guys like it. I am in the same situation.

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